Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,022 tons
Completed1930 - W. Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool 
OwnerHall Brothers SS Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
Date of attack3 Nov 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-202 (Hans-Heinz Linder)
Position51° 21'N, 51° 45'W - Grid AJ 7849
Complement24 (3 dead and 21 survivors).
RouteParrsboro, Nova Scotia - Sydney (29 Oct) - London 
Cargo2125 tons of lumber 
History Completed in May 1930 as Danish Flynderborg for A/S D/S Dannebrog (C.K. Hansen), Copenhagen. On 22 Aug 1940, taken over by Britain and transferred to the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 
Notes on event

At 04.54, 04.58 and 05.05 hours on 3 Nov 1941, U-202 attacked convoy SC-52 northeast of Notre Dame Bay, Newfoundland and observed hits on two ships and heard a third. At 08.44 hours, a capsized wreck was sunk by coup de grâce, possibly that of one of the vessels struck during the first attack. However, the Flynderborg and Gretavale were sunk by these attacks.

The master, 18 crew members and two gunners from the Flynderborg (Master P. Petersen) were picked up by HMCS Windflower (K 155) (T/Lt J. Price, RCNR) and landed at St. John’s. Three crew members were lost.

On boardWe have details of 4 people who were on board

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