Ships hit by U-boats


British Troop transport


Type:Troop transport
Tonnage11,279 tons
Completed1938 - Barclay, Curle & Co, Whiteinch, Glasgow 
OwnerP. & O. Steam Navigation Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack15 Nov 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-155 (Adolf Cornelius Piening)
Position36° 13'N, 7° 54'W - Grid CG 8665
Complement336 (24 dead and 312 survivors).
RouteGibraltar - Glasgow 
History 1939 the Ettrick was requisitioned by the Admiralty and used as troop transport. 
Notes on event

At 04.14 hours on 15 Nov 1942, U-155 fired a spread of four torpedoes at convoy MKF-1Y about 120 miles northwest of Gibraltar and heard three detonations, but was not able to made visual observations. The Ettrick and the HMS Avenger (D 14) were sunk and the USS Almaack (AK 27) was damaged.

The master, 204 crew members, 41 gunners and 66 naval ratings from the Ettrick (Master John Murray Legg) were picked up by the Norwegian destroyer HNoMS Glaisdale (L 44) and landed at Gibraltar. Six crew members and 18 naval ratings were lost.

The master, John Murray Legg, was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE).

On boardWe have details of 32 people who were on board

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