Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,523 tons
Completed1921 - Ardrossan Dockyard & Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Ardrossan 
OwnerUnited Baltic Co, London 
Date of attack23 Jan 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-19 (Joachim Schepke)
Position55° 35'N, 1° 27'W - Grid AN 5186
Complement27 (0 dead and 27 survivors).
RouteHommelvik, Norway - Methil (23 Jan) - Tyne - Rochester 
Cargo1930 tons of general cargo 
History Completed in October 1921 as Norwegian Laatefos for Thor Thoresen, Kristiania. 1923 renamed Langfond for Sigval Bergesen, Stavanger. 1937 sold to Britain and renamed Baltanglia for United Baltic Co, London. 
Notes on event

In the morning of 23 Jan 1940, U-19 spotted about 20 single and unescorted steamers east of Longstone Island, apparently ships that had arrived at Methil the day before in convoy HN-8 and were now heading south along the coast. At 08.43 hours, Pluto was hit just aft of amidships by one G7e torpedo and sank by the stern within 6 minutes. Baltanglia (Master George Edward Thomas) steamed behind her and manoeuvered to rescue the crew, thinking the other ship had been mined. But a Finnish steamer already picked up the survivors and later landed them at Seahouses, Northumberland. At 08.55 hours, Baltanglia was hit amidships by one G7e torpedo and sank by the bow after 14 minutes southeast of the Farne Islands. The crew abandoned ship in two lifeboats, which were towed in by local fishing vessels from Seahouses.

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