Ships hit by U-boats

Kensington Court

British Steam merchant

Photo from City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 447-2359

NameKensington Court
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,863 tons
Completed1927 - Napier & Miller Ltd, Old Kilpatrick, Glasgow 
OwnerCourt Line Ltd (Haldin & Philipps Ltd), London 
Date of attack18 Sep 1939Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-32 (Paul Büchel)
Position50° 31'N, 8° 27'W - Grid BF 1341
Complement35 (0 dead and 35 survivors).
RouteRosario - Birkenhead 
Cargo8000 tons of cereals 
History Completed in May 1927 
Notes on event

At 12.38 hours on 18 Sep 1939 the unescorted Kensington Court (Master Joseph Schofield) was stopped by U-32 with 13 shots of gunfire about 120 miles west of Lands End. The ship was sunk by a coup de grâce at 14.00 hours. The master and 34 crew members were rescued by a Sunderland aircraft (228 Sqn RAF, pilot F/Lt Thurston M.W. Smith) and the Sunderland L5802 (204 Sqn RAF/E, pilot F/Lt John Barrett). On 2 November, each pilot was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) for their feat.

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Location of attack on Kensington Court.

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