Ships hit by U-boats


British Motor tanker

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage7,406 tons
Completed1927 - New Waterway Shipbuilding Co, Schiedam 
OwnerAnglo-Saxon Petroleum Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack29 May 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-37 (Victor Oehrn)
Position42° 25'N, 9° 08'W - Grid CG 2260
Complement36 (18 dead and 18 survivors).
RouteTripoli, Syria - Pauillac 
Cargo9368 tons of crude oil 
Notes on event

At 07.14 hours on 29 May 1940 U-37 fired three warning shots across the bow of the unescorted Telena (Master Harold Fitch Gosling) off Muros, Cape Finisterre and opened fire with the deck gun when the ship used its radio. Soon her cargo caught fire and the crew was forced to abandon ship which went aground in shallow water. The master and 17 crew members were lost. 18 crew members were picked up by the Spanish trawlers Buena Esperanza and Jose Ignacio de C. and landed at Mari and El Grove near Vigo.

Later the wreck was seized by Spain, salvaged and brought into the harbour of Vigo, where 7400 tons of the oil was salvaged. On 17 Aug 1940 the tanker arrived in Bilbao and was repaired at the Seatoa Naval Yard. On 7 Oct 1940 sold to Compañía Española de Petroles, Madrid and renamed Gerona. In May 1975 broken up by Desguaces Cataluna S.A., Barcelona.

On boardWe have details of 18 people who were on board

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