Ships hit by U-boats


Irish Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of the Allen Collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage700 tons
Completed1932 - Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Dundee 
OwnerLimerick SS Co Ltd, Limerick 
Date of attack23 Feb 1943Nationality:      Irish
FateSunk by U-456 (Max-Martin Teichert)
Position48° 50'N, 13° 20'W - Grid BE 3954
Complement18 (18 dead - no survivors)
RouteLisbon (20 Feb) - Fishguard, Wales - Dublin 
CargoWheat, sugar, rosin and oil 
History Completed in May 1932 
Notes on event

At 14.38 hours on 23 Feb 1943, U-456 fired a spread of three torpedoes at an unknown steamer of estimated 2000-3000 grt and observed two hits after 35 seconds. The ship disappeared in the explosions and after surfacing only debris and wreckage were found at the place of the sinking.

The unescorted and neutral Kyleclare (Master A.R. Hamilton) had brought coal to Lisabon and was due to arrive at Fishguard on 25 February, but did not show up and was reported missing thereafter. She was very likely sunk by the attack mentioned above.

On boardWe have details of 18 people who were on board

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