Ships hit by U-boats

British Splendour

British Motor tanker

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NameBritish Splendour
Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage7,138 tons
Completed1931 - Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd, Hebburn-on-Tyne 
OwnerBritish Tanker Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack7 Apr 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-552 (Erich Topp)
Position35° 07'N, 75° 19'W - Grid CA 7969
Complement53 (12 dead and 41 survivors).
RouteGalveston, Texas - Halifax - UK 
Cargo10.000 tons of benzine 
History Completed in February 1931 
Notes on event

At 04.17 hours on 7 April 1942 the British Splendour (Master John Hall), escorted by HMS St. Zeno (FY 280) (Lt J.K. Craig, RNVR) and HMS Hertfordshire (FY 176) (Cdr J.A. Shater, (Rtd), RN), was torpedoed and sunk by U-552 east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. 11 crew members and one gunner were lost. The master, 35 crew members and five gunners were picked up by HMS St. Zeno (FY 280) and landed at Norfolk, Virginia.

On boardWe have details of 13 people who were on board

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