Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,303 tons
Completed1920 - Ailsa Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Troon 
OwnerUnited Baltic Co, London 
Date of attack20 Sep 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-124 (Johann Mohr)
Position48° 07'N, 22° 07'W - Grid BE 4232
Complement35 (7 dead and 28 survivors).
RoutePreston - Oban - Gibraltar 
Cargo442 tons of government stores 
History Built as Starling, later renamed Baltallinn 
Notes on event

At 23.31 hours on 20 Sep 1941, U-124 fired three torpedoes in two minutes intervals at convoy OG-74 north-northeast of the Azores and heard one detonation, then a tanker was observed being hit (there was a burst cloud). Another ship was hit and sank immediately after a heavy explosion. Mohr claimed two ships with 15.000 tons sunk and another with 8000 tons damaged. In fact, the Baltallinn and the Empire Moat were hit and sunk.

Seven crew members from Baltallinn (Master Charles Walter Browne) were lost. The master, 22 crew members and five gunners were picked up by the British rescue ship Walmer Castle (Master Gerald Lewis Clarke).
On 21 September, the rescue ship was bombed and sunk by a German aircraft. Ten crew members and one gunner from Baltallinn were lost. The master, 12 crew members and four gunners were picked up by HMS Deptford (L 53) (LtCdr H.R. White) and landed at Gibraltar on 28 September.

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