Ships hit by U-boats


British Motor merchant

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Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage5,150 tons
Completed1925 - Harland & Wolff Ltd, Govan, Glasgow 
OwnerAndrew Weir & Co, London 
Date of attack28 Jul 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-66 (Friedrich Markworth)
Position11° 29'N, 58° 51'W - Grid EE 7584
Complement67 (1 dead and 66 survivors).
RouteAlexandria - Durban (27 Jun) - Trinidad - New York 
History Laid down as Hazelbank, completed in September 1925 as Weirbank for Andrew Weir & Co, London. 
Notes on event

At 00.40 hours on 28 July 1942 the unescorted Weirbank (Master David Alexander Banner Reid) was hit by one torpedo from U-66 about 90 miles southeast of Barbados. Two minutes earlier the U-boat had missed the zigzagging ship with a first torpedo. The ship settled by the stern and sank after 37 minutes. One crew member was lost. The master, 55 crew members and ten gunners landed at Scarborough, Tobago on 29 July.

On boardWe have details of 3 people who were on board

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