British Motor tanker
|Completed||1931 - Harland & Wolff Ltd, Govan, Glasgow|
|Owner||Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||3 Dec 1940||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-99 (Otto Kretschmer)|
|Position||54° 21'N, 19° 30'W - Grid AL 6558|
|Complement||53 (0 dead and 53 survivors).|
|Route||Trinidad - Bermuda - Clyde|
|Cargo||11.214 tons of Admiralty fuel oil|
|History||Completed in December 1931 |
|Notes on event|
At 05.25 hours on 2 Dec 1940 the Conch (Master Charles George Graham) in convoy HX-90 was hit by one torpedo from U-47 (Prien) about 370 miles west of Bloody Foreland in 55°40N/19°00W and dropped behind convoy. Between 09.05 and 09.32 hours, U-95 (Schreiber) fired four torpedoes at the Conch and hit twice the foreship with only little effect and stopped the vessel with a hit in the engine room, but was then attacked by a destroyer and driven away. The abandoned tanker was finally sunk by one torpedo from U-99 at 10.58 hours on 3 December.
The master and 52 crew members were picked up by the HMCS St. Laurent (H 83) (Lt H.S. Rayner, RCN) and landed at Greenock.
Attack entries for Conch
|2 Dec 1940||U-47||Kptlt. Günther Prien||Damaged||8,376|
|2 Dec 1940||U-95||Kptlt. Gerd Schreiber||Damaged||8,376|
|3 Dec 1940||U-99||Kptlt. Otto Kretschmer||Sunk||8,376|
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