Ships hit by U-boats

HMS Scotstoun

British Armed Merchant Cruiser

Caledonia before her conversion to the AMC HMS Scotstoun. Photo courtesy of Paul Johnson Collection

NameHMS Scotstoun
Type:Armed Merchant Cruiser
Tonnage17,046 tons (one of the largest ships sunk).
Completed1925 - A. Stephen & Sons Ltd, Linthouse, Glasgow 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Date of attack13 Jun 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-25 (Heinz Beduhn)
Position57° 00'N, 9° 57'W - Grid AM 0217
Complement352 (7 dead and 345 survivors).
RouteClyde (12 Jun) - Northern Patrol - Clyde 
History Completed in September 1925 as steam passenger ship Caledonia for Anchor Line (Henderson Bros) Ltd, Glasgow. On 30 Aug 1939, requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to the armed merchant cruiser HMS Scotstoun
Notes on event

At 07.16 hours on 13 June 1940, HMS Scotstoun (Capt S.K. Smyth, RN (retired)) of the 10th Cruiser Squadron was hit in the stern by one torpedo from U-25 about 80 miles west of Barra Island, Outer Hebrides. At 17.29 hours, a first coup de grĂ¢ce missed, but a second hit just aft of the funnel and caused the ship to sink by the stern. Two officers and five ratings were lost. The survivors were picked up by HMS Highlander (H 44) (Cdr W.A. Dallmeyer, RN) and landed at the Clyde on 14 June.

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