Ships hit by U-boats

Baron Erskine

British Steam merchant

NameBaron Erskine
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,657 tons
Completed1930 - D. & W. Henderson & Co Ltd, Glasgow 
OwnerH. Hogarth & Sons Ltd, Glasgow 
Date of attack6 Jan 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-701 (Horst Degen)
Position57° 27'N, 32° 36'W - Grid AK 2786
Complement41 (41 dead - no survivors)
ConvoySC-62 (straggler)
RouteTampa (9 Dec) - Sydney, CB (27 Dec) - Loch Ewe - Garston 
CargoRock and super phosphates 
History Completed in April 1930 
Notes on event

At 16.27 hours on 6 Jan 1942 the Baron Erskine (Master George Sharp Cumming), a straggler from station #31 in convoy SC-62 since 1 January due to bad coal, was hit by two torpedoes from U-701 and sank slowly about 360 miles east-southeast of Cape Farewell. The U-boat surfaced after the attack and the Germans questioned the survivors, counting 34 men on one lifeboat and several rafts. They apparently misunderstood the name of the vessel and reported their victim as Baron Haig. However, the survivors were never seen again: the master, 33 crew members and seven gunners were lost. The ship was reported missing after reporting the last time on 2 January and was presumed sunk on 10 January in 59°15N/18°30W.

On boardWe have details of 41 people who were on board

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