Ships hit by U-boats

Leo Dawson

British Steam merchant

Leo Dawson under her former name Roseden. Photo courtesy of Rick Cox Collection

NameLeo Dawson
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,330 tons
Completed1918 - Blyth Shipbuilding & Dry Docks Co Ltd, Blyth 
OwnerFrank S. Dawson & Co Ltd, Cardiff 
Date of attack4 Feb 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-37 (Werner Hartmann)
Position60° 10'N, 0° 39'W - Grid AN 2184
Complement35 (35 dead - no survivors)
RouteNarvik (29 Jan) - Immingham 
CargoIron ore 
History Completed in April 1918 as British Roseden for Stephens, Sutton & Stephens, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. 1936 renamed Leo Dawson for Frank S. Dawson & Co Ltd, Cardiff. 
Notes on event

At 21.25 hours on 4 Feb 1940 the unescorted Leo Dawson (Master Charles Edwin Underwood) was hit aft by one torpedo from U-37 about 15 miles east of Bressay, Shetlands. The master and 34 crew members were lost. The ship had been missed by a first torpedo at 21.11 hours.

On boardWe have details of 35 people who were on board

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