Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,809 tons
Completed1919 - H. & C. Grayson Ltd, Garston, Liverpool 
OwnerMacAndrews & Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack19 Aug 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-201 (Adalbert Schnee)
Position49° 10'N, 17° 40'W - Grid BE 2567
Complement48 (13 dead and 35 survivors).
RouteBristol - Gibraltar 
Cargo1400 tons of general cargo and government stores 
History Completed in November 1919 
Notes on event

At 04.06 hours on 19 Aug 1941, U-201 fired a salvo of four torpedoes at convoy OG-71 west-southwest of Fastnet Rock and observed two detonations on a tanker and two further detonations on two ships beyond her. Schnee claimed three ships sunk of 20.000 grt, but in fact the Ciscar and Aguila were sunk.

The master, 29 crew members and five gunners from the Ciscar (Master Edward Lenton Hughes) were picked up by Petrel and landed at Lisbon. Nine crew members and four gunners were lost.

Four crew members from the Ciscar were later repatriated on the Cervantes, which was sunk by U-124 (Mohr) on 26 September. Three of them were lost.

On boardWe have details of 15 people who were on board

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