Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage9,035 tons
Completed1906 - D. & W. Henderson & Co Ltd, Glasgow 
OwnerAlfred Holt & Co, Liverpool 
Date of attack4 Sep 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-47 (G√ľnther Prien)
Position58° 14'N, 15° 50'W - Grid AL 3866
Complement95 (6 dead and 89 survivors).
RouteLondon - Sydney, NSW 
History Completed in July 1906 
Notes on event

At 01.28 and 01.29 hours on 4 Sep 1940, U-47 fired one torpedo each at two ships in convoy OA-207 about 80 miles southwest of Rockall, saw the first ship sinking in 12 minutes after a hit amidships and a hit in the bow of the second ship without further observations. However, only the Titan (Master Walter Francis Dark) was hit and sunk. Six crew members were lost. The master and 88 crew members were picked up by HMCS St. Laurent (H 83) (Lt H.S. Rayner, RCN) and landed at Rosyth on 9 September.

The master Walter Francis Dark was awarded the Lloyds War Medal for bravery at sea.

On boardWe have details of 2 people who were on board

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