Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Yewcrest under her former name Ivo Racic. Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,774 tons
Completed1907 - J. Readhead & Sons, South Shields 
OwnerCrest Shipping Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack25 Aug 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-37 (Victor Oehrn)
Position55° 10'N, 25° 02'W - Grid AL 4572
Complement39 (1 dead and 38 survivors).
ConvoyOB-201 (straggler)
RouteCardiff - Liverpool - Wabana 
History Built as Dan 1917 renamed Gerolamo Ulloa 1924 renamed Dan 1924 sold to Yugoslavia and renamed Ivo Racic for Jugoslavenski Lloyd Akcionarsko Drustvo, Zagreb. 1940 taken over by Britain, transferred to the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) and renamed Yewcrest
Notes on event

Around 22.30 hours on 25 Aug 1940, U-37 opened fire with the deck gun at the Yewcrest (Master Cyril Lionel Doughty), a straggler from convoy OB-201, after following the ship for more than two hours through rain squalls and haze southwest of Iceland. A hit between the stack and the hatch was observed before the U-boat was forced to cease fire and had to turn away due to return fire from the ship. The Germans then began shelling her from ahead, but the crew soon stopped and abandoned the ship. The vessel sank in flames at 03.07 hours on 26 August. One crew member was lost. The master, 36 crew members and one gunner were picked up by HMS Highlander (H 44) (Cdr W.A. Dallmeyer).

On boardWe have details of 3 people who were on board

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