Ships hit by U-boats

HMS Lady Shirley

British A/S trawler

NameHMS Lady Shirley
Type:A/S trawler
Tonnage477 tons
Completed1937 - Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Date of attack11 Dec 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-374 (Unno von Fischel)
Position35° 59'N, 5° 17'W - Grid CG 9671
Complement33 (33 dead - no survivors)
History Completed in April 1937 as steam trawler Lady Shirley for Jutland Amalgamated Trawlers Ltd, Hull (H 464). In 1940 requisitioned by the Admiralty, converted to the A/S trawler HMS Lady Shirley and served with the 31st A/S Group at Gibraltar.

On 4 Oct 1941, U-111 (Kleinschmidt) was sunk by depth charges from HMS Lady Shirley (Lt A.H. Callaway, RANVR) southwest of Tenerife. 44 crew members were taken prisoner by the ship and landed at Gibraltar.

Notes on event

At 04.21 hours on 11 Dec 1941, HMS Lady Shirley (LtCdr A.H. Callaway, RANVR) was hit by one torpedo from U-374, exploded and sank with all hands. HMS Rosabelle tried to locate the U-boat, but was also torpedoed at 04.42 hours and sank.

On boardWe have details of 33 people who were on board

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