Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo from City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 447-2007

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,920 tons
Completed1929 - C. Connell & Co Ltd, Glasgow 
OwnerBen Line Steamers (William Thomson & Co), Leith 
Date of attack21 Mar 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-105 (Georg Schewe)
Position20° 00'N, 26° 00'W - Grid DT 7653
Complement55 (34 dead and 21 survivors).
RouteRangoon - Durban - Freetown (13 Mar) - Liverpool 
Cargo3500 tons of rice, 500 tons of lead, 1100 tons of timber and 150 tons of wolfram 
History Completed in May 1929 
Notes on event

At 00.46 hours on 21 March 1941, U-105 attacked convoy SL-68 north of the Cape Verde Islands and sank the Clan Ogilvy and Benwyvis.

The master, 32 crew members and one gunner from the Benwyvis (Master Henry John Small) were lost. 17 crew members and three gunners were picked up by the King Edgar and landed at Freetown. One crew member was rescued after 28 days in an open boat by a French ship and landed at Madagascar.

On boardWe have details of 35 people who were on board

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