Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Botwey under her former name Manchester Producer. Photo courtesy of State Library of New South Wales

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,106 tons
Completed1916 - Sir James Laing & Sons Ltd, Sunderland 
OwnerP. Henderson & Co, Glasgow 
Date of attack26 Jul 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-141 (Philipp Schüler)
Position55° 42'N, 9° 53'W - Grid AM 5276
Complement53 (0 dead and 53 survivors).
RouteEllesmere Port - Port Sulphur 
History Completed in May 1916 as Start Point for Furness, Withy & Co Ltd, Liverpool. 1921 renamed Manchester Producer for Manchester Liners Ltd, Manchester. 1939 sold by the Board of Trade, renamed Botwey and transferred to P. Henderson & Co, Glasgow. 
Notes on event

At 03.28 hours on 26 July 1941, U-141 attacked convoy OS-1 365 miles 270° from Bloody Foreland and Schüler thought that he had scored one hit on each of three ships. The first vessel was seen being abandoned, the second exploded and the third, which had four masts, was seen to develop a heavy list. In fact, the Botwey was sunk and the Atlantic City was damaged.

The master, 48 crew members and four gunners from Botwey (Master Ebenezer Gordon) were picked up by the British rescue ship Copeland (Master J. McKellar, OBE) and landed at Greenock on 28 July.

On boardWe have details of 2 people who were on board

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