Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of C.A. Hill collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage798 tons
Completed1904 - W. Harkess & Son Ltd, Middlesbrough 
OwnerJ.A. Billmeir & Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack5 Jun 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-48 (Hans Rudolf Rösing)
Position58° 48'N, 8° 45'W - Grid AM 3388
Complement19 (0 dead and 19 survivors).
RouteReykjavik - Fleetwood 
Cargo300 tons of fish 
History Completed in August 1904 as Cherrybrook for Whiteway & Ball, Teignmouth. 1915 renamed Algardi for R.H. Penny & Sons, Shoreham. 1924 renamed Alburn for Smith, Hogg & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool. 1930 renamed Stancor for Peacock & Cory (W.S. Peacock), West Hartlepool. 1931 registered in Estonia for Ernst Bergmann, Tallinn. 1934 sold to V. Zatorskis, Riga. 1939 registered in Britain for Stanhope SS Co Ltd (J.A. Billmeir & Co Ltd), London. 
Notes on event

At 23.18 hours on 5 June 1940 the unescorted Stancor (Master William Bibbings) was shelled by U-48 80 miles northwest of Butt of Lewis. The ship had been missed with a G7e stern torpedo at 22.44 hours and was left burning and sinking after 77 rounds were fired from the deck gun. The master, 16 crew members and two gunners abandoned ship in two lifeboats and were questioned by the Germans. The master and eight survivors in the first boat were picked up by the British trawler Kinaldie and landed at Stornoway on 7 June and 10 survivors in the second boat made landfall at Crowlista near Uig, Isle of Lewis.

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