Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,577 tons
Completed1918 - Barclay, Curle & Co, Whiteinch, Glasgow 
OwnerBooth Steamship Co Ltd (Booth Line), Liverpool 
Date of attack2 Jun 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-101 (Fritz Frauenheim)
Position49° 19'N, 5° 35'W - Grid BF 2495
Complement43 (0 dead and 43 survivors).
RoutePara, Brazil - Heysham - Liverpool 
Cargo900 tons of cork, 500 tons of Brazil nuts, 80 tons of rubber and 50 tons of hides 
Notes on event

At 03.05 hours on 2 June 1940 the unescorted Polycarp (Master Alexander Allan) was hit by one torpedo from U-101 and sank 41 miles south of Lands End. The master and 42 crew members were picked up by the French merchant Espiguette and landed at Newlyn.

On boardWe have details of 2 people who were on board

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