Ships hit by U-boats

Baron Pentland

British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Joe McMillan collection

NameBaron Pentland
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,410 tons
Completed1927 - Ayrshire Dockyard Co Ltd, Irvine 
OwnerH. Hogarth & Sons Ltd, Glasgow 
Date of attack19 Sep 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-372 (Heinz-Joachim Neumann)
Position58° 15'N, 40° 36'W - Grid AJ 3278
Complement41 (2 dead and 39 survivors).
ConvoySC-42 (straggler)
RouteSt. John, New Brunswick - Sydney (30 Aug) - Hartlepool 
Cargo1512 standards of timber 
History Completed in August 1927 
Notes on event

At 04.52 hours on 10 Sep 1941, U-652 (Fraatz) fired two single torpedoes at ships of convoy SC-42 northeast of Cape Farewell, heard two detonations after three minutes and reported two ships probably sunk. In fact, Tahchee and Baron Pentland were damaged.

Two crew members from Baron Pentland (Master Alexander Bleasby Campbell) were lost. The master, 30 crew members and eight gunners abandoned ship in position 61°15N/41°05W and were picked up by HMCS Orillia (K 119) (T/LtCdr W.E.S. Briggs, RCNR) of the 24th Escort Group and landed at Reykjavik. The vessel remained afloat due her load of timber despite of a broken back and the wreck was eventually torpedoed and sunk by U-372 at 14.33 hours on 19 September.

On boardWe have details of 4 people who were on board

Attack entries for Baron Pentland

DateU-boatCommanderLoss typeTonsNat.
10 Sep 1941U-652Oblt. Georg-Werner FraatzDamaged3,410  
19 Sep 1941U-372Kptlt. Heinz-Joachim NeumannSunk3,410  

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