Ships hit by U-boats

City of Oxford

British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of the Allen Collection

NameCity of Oxford
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,759 tons
Completed1926 - Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Wallsend, Sunderland 
OwnerEllerman & Papayanni Lines Ltd, Liverpool 
Date of attack15 Jun 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-552 (Erich Topp)
Position43° 42'N, 18° 12'W - Grid BE 8589
Complement44 (1 dead and 43 survivors).
RouteLisbon (11 Jun) - Garston 
Cargo2000 tons of ore and 300 tons of cork 
History Completed in December 1926 
Notes on event

Between 04.32 and 04.34 hours on 15 June 1942, U-552 fired three torpedoes at convoy HG-84 west of Cape Finisterre, observed hits after 45 seconds and 1 minute 32 seconds and heard a detonation after 1 minute and 55 seconds. Two ships, the City of Oxford and the Thurso were hit and sunk.

One crew member from the City of Oxford (Master Alfred Norbury) was lost. The master, 36 crew members and six gunners were picked up by the British rescue ship Copeland (Master J. McKellar, OBE), transferred to HMS Marigold (K 87) (Lt J.A.S. Halcrow, RNR), transferred to HMS Stork (L 81) (Cdr F.J. Walker, DSO, RN) and landed at Liverpool.

On boardWe have details of 3 people who were on board

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