Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,646 tons
Completed1928 - Short Bros Ltd, Pallion, Sunderland 
OwnerCharlton, McAllum & Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
Date of attack24 Sep 1939Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-31 (Johannes Habekost)
Position51° 17'N, 9° 22'W - Grid AM 8858
Complement34 (11 dead and 23 survivors).
RouteTacoma, Washington - Garston - Liverpool 
CargoTimber, pulp and wheat 
History Completed in September 1928 
Notes on event

At 12.50 hours on 24 September 1939 the unescorted and unarmed Hazelside (Master Charles Henry Davis) was torpedoed by U-31 southeast of Fastnet. The ship then tried to get away at full speed, but the U-boat stopped the ship with gunfire and sunk her later with a coup de grĂ¢ce. The master and ten crew members were lost. 23 crew members were picked up later that day by the Irish fishing boat St. Ultan and landed at Schull near Baltimore, Co. Cork.

On boardWe have details of 11 people who were on board

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