Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage974 tons
Completed1922 - John Duthie Torry Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Aberdeen 
OwnerEllerman´s Wilson Line Ltd, Hull 
Date of attack15 Sep 1939Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-36 (Wilhelm Fröhlich)
Position58° 20'N, 2° 00'E - Grid AN 4533
Complement20 (0 dead and 20 survivors).
RouteHull - Tyne - Trondheim 
Cargo500 tons of coal and coke, 150 tons of general cargo and 150 tons of nickel and copper 
History Completed in March 1922 
Notes on event

At 19.05 hours on 15 Sep 1939 the unescorted Truro (Master John Charles Egner) was stopped and searched by U-36 about 150 miles east of Kinnaird Head. The ship carried contraband, so the crew was ordered into the lifeboats and the ship sunk with a torpedo after a first torpedo was a dud and the Germans were not able to hit the ship with their guns due to high seas. The survivors were picked up by the Belgian trawlers Nautilus and Edwaard Van Flaaneren, transferred to one of the trawlers and landed at Aberdeen on 17 September.

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