Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,935 tons
Completed1917 - Ropner & Sons Ltd, Stockton-on-Tees 
OwnerSir R. Ropner & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool 
HomeportWest Hartlepool 
Date of attack17 Apr 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-13 (Max-Martin Schulte)
Position61° 00'N, 0° 50'W - Grid AF 7890
Complement38 (0 dead and 38 survivors).
RouteMaaloysund - Kirkwall 
Notes on event

At 17.33 hours on 17 April 1940 the unescorted Swainby (Master Hugh Thompson) was hit aft in the engine room by one torpedo from U-13 and sank after 25 minutes 25 miles north of Muckle Flugga, Shetlands. The master and 37 crew members landed at Nor Wick Bay, Shetlands.

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