Ships hit by U-boats

Vivian P. Smith

British Sailing ship

The photo shows Francis W. Smith, a sistership of Vivian P. Smith. Photo courtesy of Will Johnson, Barbados

NameVivian P. Smith
Type:Sailing ship
Tonnage130 tons
Completed1915 - Lunenburg NS 
OwnerKenneth Johnsons, Barbados 
Date of attack10 Aug 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-600 (Bernhard Zurmühlen)
Position21° 50'N, 68° 40'W - Grid DN 6937
Complement11 (0 dead and 11 survivors).
RouteGrand Turk (8 Aug) – Barbados 
Cargo206 tons of salt 
History Built for William C. Smith, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia 
Notes on event

At 21.30 hours on 10 Aug 1942 the unescorted and unarmed Vivian P. Smith (Master Allen Frederick Jones) was stopped by U-600 from the starboard quarter with a shot across her bow about 140 miles east of Turks and Caicos Islands. The crew immediately abandoned ship in a lifeboat and was questioned by the Germans. At 22.10 hours, the U-boat began shelling the drifting schooner with 139 rounds from the deck gun, observing 25 hits in the rigging and 15 on the hull and deck until the ship sank by the bow on an even keel at 23.04 hours. The survivors later made landfall on Turks Island.

On boardWe have details of 1 people who were on board

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