Ships hit by U-boats

HMS Dolphin

British Repair ship

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NameHMS Dolphin
Type:Repair ship
Tonnage3,099 tons
Completed1902 - Sir Raylton Dixon & Co Ltd, Middlesbrough 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Date of attack23 Dec 1939Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-22 (Karl-Heinrich Jenisch)
Position55° 06'N, 1° 27'W - Grid AN 5461
Complement7 (0 dead and 7 survivors).
RoutePortsmouth - Cambois - Scapa Flow 
History Completed in September 1902 as British steam merchant Seti for James Moss & Co, Liverpool. On 9 Nov 1914, the ship was purchased by the Admiralty and used as depot ship HMS Pandora at Harwich until 1918. Between 1920 and 1921 she was converted at HM Dockyard in Devonport to a submarine depot repair/supply ship and renamed HMS Dolphin on 3 Oct 1924. 
Notes on event

On 23 Dec 1939, HMS Dolphin struck a mine laid on 20 December by U-22 and sank 1.5 miles south-southeast of Blyth. The ship had been used as floating workshop in Portsmouth Dockyard and was being towed to Hughes Bolckow at Cambois to be stripped of all machinery prior to being sunk as blockship at Scapa Flow.


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