British Steam merchant
|Completed||1940 - William Hamilton & Co Ltd, Port Glasgow|
|Owner||Counties Ship Management Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||8 Jun 1941||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-38 (Heinrich Liebe)|
|Position||9° 35'N, 29° 40'W - Grid ER 3758|
|Complement||62 (14 dead and 48 survivors).|
|Route||Cardiff - Glasgow - Capetown - Alexandria|
|Cargo||8300 tons of coal and 400 tons of general cargo|
|History||Completed in December 1940|
On 22 Feb 1941, the Kingston Hill (Master Walter Edwin Niven) in convoy OB-288 was damaged by bombs from a German aircraft in 59°44N/12°33W. The master was killed in the attack and the ship had to be towed to Loch Ewe by HMS Thames, arriving on 25 February. The ship was repaired at Glasgow and returned to service.
|Notes on event|
At 01.08 hours on 8 June 1941 the unescorted Kingston Hill was hit by two torpedoes from U-38 and sank slowly southwest of the Cape Verde Islands after the last torpedo proved to be a dud at 01.25 hours. Twelve crew members and two gunners were lost. 16 crew members were picked up by HMS Achates (H 12) (LtCdr Viscount Jocelyn, RN) and landed at Greenock. 26 crew members and six gunners were picked up by the American steam tanker Alabama and landed at Capetown.
|On board||We have details of 15 people who were on board.|
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