Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of State Library of New South Wales

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,155 tons
Completed1925 - Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Wallsend-on-Tyne 
OwnerW.A. Souter & Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
Date of attack7 Sep 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-47 (G√ľnther Prien)
Position58° 27'N, 17° 17'W - Grid AL 3678
Complement36 (36 dead - no survivors)
RouteSantiago - Sydney (25 Aug) - Liverpool 
Cargo8500 tons of sugar 
History Completed in July 1925 
Notes on event

At 04.04 hours on 7 Sep 1940 the Neptunian (Master Alexander Thomas Campbell) in convoy SC-2 was hit by one torpedo from U-47 northwest of Rockall and sank capsizing after seven minutes. The ship had been missed by one torpedo at 03.36 and 03.45 hours. The master, 34 crew members and one gunner were lost.

On boardWe have details of 36 people who were on board

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