Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,494 tons
Completed1921 - Sunderland Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Sunderland 
OwnerCairns, Noble & Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
Date of attack17 Jan 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-30 (Fritz-Julius Lemp)
Position53° 32'N, 3° 27'W - Grid AM 9324
Complement48 (0 dead and 48 survivors).
RouteTyne - Leith - Liverpool - St.John, New Brunswick 
CargoGeneral cargo, including coal and earthenware 
Notes on event

At 17.00 hours on 17 Jan 1940 the Cairnross (Master Laurence Halcrow) in convoy OB-74 struck a mine, laid on 6 January by U-30 and sank seven miles 276° from the Bar Lightvessel, Liverpool. The master and 47 crew members were picked up by the HMS Mackay (D 70) (Cdr G.H. Stokes) and landed at Liverpool.

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