Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam tanker

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam tanker
Tonnage8,627 tons
Completed1928 - Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow 
OwnerStandard Transportation Co Ltd, Hong Kong 
HomeportHong Kong 
Date of attack21 Jun 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-43 (Wilhelm Ambrosius)
Position39° 40'N, 11° 34'W - Grid CG 5415
Complement50 (5 dead and 45 survivors).
RouteBec dĀ“Ambes - Casablanca - Beaumont, Texas 
Notes on event

At 16.36 hours on 21 June 1940 the Yarraville (Master William Alexander Beveridge) in convoy 65-X was hit by one torpedo from U-43, caught fire and sank southwest of Figueira da Foz, Portugal. Five crew members were lost. The master and 44 crew members (seven of them wounded) were picked up by the French trawler Marie Gilberte and landed at Gibraltar.

On boardWe have details of 6 people who were on board

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