Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,436 tons
Completed1919 - S.P. Austin & Son Ltd, Sunderland 
OwnerEllermanĀ“s Wilson Line Ltd, Hull 
Date of attack15 Jun 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-552 (Erich Topp)
Position43° 41'N, 18° 02'W - Grid BE 8589
Complement42 (13 dead and 29 survivors).
RouteLisbon - Gibraltar (9 Jun) - Liverpool 
Cargo850 tons of general cargo, including cork and 1500 bags of mail for German prisoners of war 
History Launched as War Bramble for The Shipping Controller, completed in November 1919 as Thurso for EllermanĀ“s Wilson Line Ltd, Hull. 
Notes on event

Between 04.32 and 04.34 hours on 15 June 1942, U-552 fired three torpedoes at convoy HG-84 west of Cape Finisterre, observed hits after 45 seconds and 1 minute 32 seconds and heard a detonation after 1 minute and 55 seconds. Two ships, the City of Oxford and the Thurso were hit and sunk.

13 crew members from the Thurso (Master William Waldie) were lost. The master, 22 crew members and six gunners were picked up by HMS Marigold (K 87) (Lt J.A.S. Halcrow, RNR) and landed at Greenock.

On boardWe have details of 14 people who were on board

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