Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of the Allen Collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,945 tons
Completed1928 - D. & W. Henderson & Co Ltd, Glasgow 
OwnerT. & J. Harrison, Liverpool 
Date of attack9 Jul 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-98 (Robert Gysae)
Position42° 59'N, 31° 40'W - Grid CE 1344
Complement77 (66 dead and 11 survivors).
ConvoyOB-341 (dispersed)
RouteEllesmere Port - Capetown 
CargoMilitary stores and 200 bags of mail 
History Completed in September 1928 
Notes on event

At 01.55 hours on 9 July 1941 the unescorted Designer (Master Donald Archibald McCallum), dispersed on 6 July from convoy OB-341 in 48°30N/26°30W, was hit in the foreship by one of two torpedoes from U-98 and sank after six minutes north-northwest of the Azores. The master, 61 crew members and four gunners were lost. On 10 July, ten crew members (lascars) and one gunner in one lifeboat were picked up by the Portuguese sailing ship Souta Princesca and landed at Leixoes.

On boardWe have details of 66 people who were on board

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