Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,265 tons
Completed1921 - Sir John Priestman & Co Ltd, Southwick, Sunderland 
OwnerJohn Morrison & Son, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
Date of attack12 Oct 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-706 (Alexander von Zitzewitz)
Position54° 25'N, 27° 42'W - Grid AL 4477
Complement49 (49 dead - no survivors)
ConvoyONS-136 (straggler)
RouteSwansea - Belfast Lough - Boston 
Cargo6000 tons of coal 
History Completed in March 1921 as Norwegian Stornes for Skips A/S Fagernes (H.J. Hansen), Kristiania. 1921 sold to Britain and renamed Stornest for John Morrison & Son, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. 
Notes on event

At 04.05 hours on 12 October 1942, U-706 fired a torpedo at the unescorted Stornest (Master Henry Ottey Smith) west of Ireland and observed a hit under the aft mast after 34 seconds. The ship was a straggler from convoy ONS-136 due to heavy weather. The master, 38 crew members and ten gunners were lost.

On boardWe have details of 49 people who were on board

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