Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo from City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 447-2557

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,393 tons
Completed1928 - William Dobson & Co, Walker-on-Tyne 
OwnerChellew Navigation Co Ltd, Cardiff 
Date of attack3 Sep 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-107 (Harald Gelhaus)
Position38° 00'N, 9° 00'W - Grid CG 5944
Complement45 (2 dead and 43 survivors).
RouteLisbon - Gibraltar 
History Completed in August 1928 
Notes on event

At 05.57 hours on 3 Sep 1942, U-107 attacked an unescorted convoy of five ships three miles 112° from Cape Sines near Setubal, Portugal. First the Hollinside was hit by one of two fired bow torpedoes and six minutes later the Penrose by one of two fired stern torpedoes. The Hollinside was hit by a coup de grâce at 06.26 hours and sank by the stern at 07.36 hours after a second coup de grâce at 07.32 hours had missed. The Penrose sank by the stern five minutes after being hit by a coup de grâce at 06.46 hours.

Two crew members from the Penrose (Master Dudley Allan Nicholls) were lost. The master and 42 crew members were picked up by a Spanish trawler and landed at Lisbon.

On boardWe have details of 5 people who were on board

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