British Steam merchant
|Completed||1928 - J. Readhead & Sons Ltd, South Shields|
|Owner||Constantine Shipping Co Ltd, Middlesbrough|
|Date of attack||10 Dec 1941||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-130 (Ernst Kals)|
|Position||56° 57'N, 16° 35'W - Grid AL 3962|
|Complement||45 (12 dead and 33 survivors).|
|Route||Albany, New York - Sydney - Ipswich|
|Cargo||5500 tons of grain|
|Notes on event|
At 23.54 hours on 10 Dec 1941, U-130 fired a spread of four torpedoes at convoy SC-57 west of Rockall and observed two hits on one ship, the Star of Luxor, which sank in flames. At 23.57 hours, a spread of two torpedoes was then fired, both torpedoes seemingly detonating on one ship, but in fact Kurdistan and Kirnwood were hit.
The master and eleven crew members from the Kirnwood (Master George Albert Norton) were lost. 29 crew members and four gunners were picked up by the British rescue ship Dewsbury (Master Arthur James Elvin Snowden OBE), transferred to the HMS Kingcup (K 33) (LtCdr R.A.D. Cambridge) and landed at Londonderry.
|On board||We have details of 12 people who were on board.|
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