Ships hit by U-boats


British Motor merchant

Photo courtesy of Amanda Davies

Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage787 tons
Completed1937 - Ailsa Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Troon 
OwnerGeneral Steam Navigation Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack23 Aug 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-201 (Adalbert Schnee)
Position40° 43'N, 11° 39'W - Grid CG 2771
Complement22 (19 dead and 3 survivors).
RoutePreston - Gibraltar 
CargoCased aviation fuel 
History Completed in March 1937 
Notes on event

At 02.14 hours on 23 Aug 1941, U-201 fired a spread of four torpedoes at convoy OG-71 northwest of Lisbon and saw one hit on a freighter and two on a tanker which sank burning after 15 minutes. Two minutes later a stern torpedo was fired and a detonation heard. Schnee claimed two ships with 9000 grt sunk and two with 12.000 grt damaged. In fact, only the Stork and Aldergrove were sunk in this attack.

The master, 16 crew members and two gunners from Stork (Master Evan Atterbury Morris Williams) were lost. Three crew members were picked up by HMS Campion (K 108) (LtCdr A. Johnson, RNVR) and landed at Gibraltar on 24 August.

On boardWe have details of 19 people who were on board

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