Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Garlinge under her former name Petworth. Photo courtesy of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, P12357

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,012 tons
Completed1918 - E. Finch & Co (1916) Ltd, Chepstow, Monmouthshire 
OwnerHalford Constants Ltd, London 
Date of attack10 Nov 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-81 (Friedrich Guggenberger)
Position37° 00'N, 2° 00'E - Grid CH 8523
Complement40 (25 dead and 15 survivors).
RouteGreenock - Gibraltar (7 Nov) - Algiers 
Cargo2700 tons of coal 
History Completed in March 1918 as Petworth for Power SS Co Ltd (J. Power & Co), London. 1931 renamed Garlinge for Halford Constants Ltd, London. 
Notes on event

At 01.43 hours on 10 Nov 1942, U-81 fired a spread of four torpedoes at a small convoy 21 miles north of Cape Ivi, Algeria and observed one hit on a steamer which sank within 4 minutes and a red flash on an escort vessel. Guggenberger assumed that he had sunk a ship of 4000 grt and an A/S trawler. However, only the Garlinge (Master William Charles Barnes) was hit. The master, six crew members and eight gunners were picked up by the British examination ship HMS Minna (Lt W.E. Bady, RANVR) and landed at Algiers. 18 crew members and seven gunners were lost.

On boardWe have details of 26 people who were on board

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