Ships hit by U-boats


British Motor merchant

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Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage5,025 tons
Completed1940 - William Denny & Brothers Ltd, Dumbarton 
OwnerTrinder, Anderson & Co, London 
Date of attack10 Jun 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-68 (Karl-Friedrich Merten)
Position12° 45'N, 80° 20'W - Grid EB 8294
Complement71 (1 dead and 70 survivors).
RouteNew York (24 May) - Hampton Roads - Panama - Sydney NSW - Melbourne 
Cargo8900 tons of general cargo, including munitions, tanks, guns and machinery 
History Completed in October 1940 
Notes on event

At 05.20 hours on 10 June 1942, U-68 spotted two steamers in a line northeast of the Panama Canal and fired at 06.17 hours a spread of three torpedoes at the first ship, scoring two hits on Surrey which stopped but did not sink. At 06.20 hours, a torpedo was fired at the second ship, the Ardenvohr, which sank within 8 minutes after being hit. The Germans then questioned the survivors from both ships and fired at 07.04 hours a first coup de grĂ¢ce at Surrey that was a dud, but a second torpedo at 07.22 hours hit aft and caused the ship to sink by the stern. Shortly afterwards a crew member from Surrey was spotted alone, clinging to a buoy and was taken aboard U-68, but about 20 minutes after the ship sank a heavy underwater detonation lifted the U-boat up and caused temporary damage to the rudders, a battery, the periscope and the torpedo firing control. The very grateful man was then placed aboard a lifeboat from Ardenvohr before the Germans left the area for repairs and to reload the torpedo tubes

The Ardenvohr (Master Percy Edmund Crickmer) had picked up 17 survivors from Velma Lykes, which had been sunk by U-158 (Rostin) on 5 June. All of them survived the sinking. One crew member was lost. The master, 21 survivors and six Americans were picked up by the Flora and 31 survivors and three Americans by USS Edison (DD 439) and landed at Colon. The remaining eight American survivors were picked up by USS Barry (DD 248).

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