Ships hit by U-boats

Caroni River

British Motor tanker

Photo courtesy of State Library of New South Wales

NameCaroni River
Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage7,807 tons
Completed1928 - Blythswood Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Glasgow 
OwnerHoulder Brothers & Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack20 Jan 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-34 (Wilhelm Rollmann)
Position50° 06'N, 5° 01'W - Grid BF 2279
Complement55 (0 dead and 55 survivors).
RouteFalmouth - Falmouth Bay 
History Completed in October 1928 
Notes on event

On 20 Jan 1940 the Caroni River (Master Robert Stanley Grigg) struck a mine laid the day before by U-34 and sank in the Falmouth Bay, while carrying out paravane trials and defensive armament tests. The master, 42 crew members, Cdr J.G. Bradshaw RN and eleven naval personnel were picked up by the Falmouth lifeboat and a naval cutter and landed at Falmouth.

Caroni River sinking after being mined

On boardWe have details of 2 people who were on board

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