Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,622 tons
Completed1925 - Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd, Hebburn-on-Tyne 
OwnerF. Carrick & Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
Date of attack14 Feb 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-26 (Heinz Scheringer)
Position51° 40'N, 12° 40'W - Grid BE 3332
Complement34 (4 dead and 30 survivors).
ConvoyHX-18 (straggler)
RouteBoston - Halifax - Tyne 
Cargo6800 tons of wheat 
History Completed in November 1925

On 1 Nov 1939, the Langleeford was damaged in a collision with the British steam merchant Mervyn (3402 grt), which sank about 10 miles southeast of Smalls Lighthouse. 
Notes on event

At 08.00 hours on 14 Feb 1940 the Langleeford (Master H. Thompson), a straggler from convoy HX-18, was hit amidships by one G7e torpedo from U-26, broke in two and sank within 13 minutes about 70 miles northwest of Fastnet, Ireland. Four crew members were lost. The Germans questioned the survivors, handed over two bottles of rum, 100 cigarettes, bread and dressing materials and told them the course to the nearest land. The master and 29 crew members made landfall at Ross, Co. Clare.

On boardWe have details of 34 people who were on board

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