Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Arthur Blundell

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,959 tons
Completed1928 - Bartram & Sons Ltd, South Dock, Sunderland 
OwnerEvan Thomas Radcliffe & Co, Cardiff 
Date of attack12 May 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-124 (Johann Mohr)
Position52° 50'N, 29° 04'W - Grid AK 9435
Complement46 (0 dead and 46 survivors).
RouteTyne - Loch Ewe (6 May) - Halifax 
History Completed in March 1928 
Notes on event

At 01.56, 01.59 and 02.06 hours on 12 May 1942, U-124 fired torpedoes at convoy ONS-92 southeast of Cape Farewell and observed hits on three ships. At 02.22 hours, the U-boat made a second attack and observed one hit amidships after 1 minute 56 seconds. Mohr claimed three ships with 16.100 tons sunk. However, only two ships were hit at the time of the first attack, the Empire Dell and Llanover.

The badly damaged Llanover (Master Lionel Alfred Osborne) was scuttled by HMCS Arvida (K 113) (T/Lt A.I. MacKay, RCNR). The master, 39 crew members and six gunners were picked up by the British rescue ship Bury (Master Lawrence Edwin Brown, OBE) and landed at St. John’s on 16 May.

On boardWe have details of 3 people who were on board

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