British Motor passenger ship
|Type:||Motor passenger ship|
|Completed||1932 - Harland & Wolff Ltd, Belfast|
|Owner||Royal Mail Lines Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||1 Oct 1940||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-38 (Heinrich Liebe)|
|Position||52° 20'N, 19° 04'W - Grid AL 9424|
|Complement||172 (3 dead and 169 survivors).|
|Route||Buenos Aires - Glasgow|
|Cargo||5700 tons of general and refrigerated cargo|
|History||Completed in May 1932|
On 29 Dec 1939, the unescorted Highland Patriot was attacked in error by Fresnel off the Canary Islands. The French submarine thought the ship was a German blockade runner, but was driven away by gunfire. No damage on either side.
|Notes on event|
At 06.47 hours on 1 Oct 1940 the unescorted Highland Patriot (Master Robert Henry Robinson) was hit amidships by two G7e torpedoes from U-38 about 500 miles west of Bishop Rock. At 07.08 hours, the abandoned ship was hit by a G7a coup de grâce, caught fire and sank. Three crew members were lost. The master, 135 crew members and 33 passengers were picked up by HMS Wellington (L 65) (Cdr. R.E. Hyde-Smith, RN) and landed at Greenock.
|On board||We have details of 5 people who were on board.|
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