Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo from City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 447-2385

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,844 tons
Completed1928 - Short Bros Ltd, Pallion, Sunderland 
OwnerCommon Brothers Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
Date of attack10 Dec 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-130 (Ernst Kals)
Position56° 57'N, 16° 36'W - Grid AL 3962
Complement66 (10 dead and 56 survivors).
RouteNew York - Manchester 
Cargo6534 tons of general cargo, including foodstuffs, base metals and textiles 
History Completed in December 1928 
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 Kurdistan (Master William Fearon McMillan) was the ship of convoy commodore Sir Roy Gill, RD, RNR. Seven crew members, one gunner and two naval staff members were lost. The master, the commodore, four naval staff members, 45 crew members and five gunners were picked up by HMS Kingcup (K 33) (LtCdr R.A.D. Cambridge, DSC, RNR) and landed at Londonderry.

On boardWe have details of 13 people who were on board

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