Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,483 tons
Completed1928 - Burntisland Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Burntisland 
OwnerRichard W. Jones & Co, Newport, Monmouthshire 
Date of attack25 Nov 1939Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-43 (Wilhelm Ambrosius)
Position43° 22'N, 11° 27'W - Grid BF 7761
Complement25 (2 dead and 23 survivors).
RouteSunderland - Monaco 
Cargo3900 tons of coal 
History Completed in September 1928 
Notes on event

At 22.56 hours on 25 Nov 1939, U-43 opened fire with the deck gun at the unescorted Uskbridge (Master Henry Hunter) about 120 miles west-northwest of Cape Finisterre, after two G7a torpedoes fired at 22.38 and 22.45 hours malfunctioned. As the ship began to burn, the Germans had to cease fire due to a defect on the gun. At 23.11 hours, they fired a G7e torpedo as coup de grĂ¢ce but missed and shelled her again until 00.12 hours. A total of 149 rounds had been fired as the U-boat left the completely burning and slowly sinking ship. Two crew members were lost. The master and 22 crew members were picked up by the Italian steam merchant Juventus and landed at Ramsgate on 30 November.

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