Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Blairangus under her former name Portregis. Photo courtesy of Rick Cox Collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,409 tons
Completed1930 - Craig, Taylor & Co Ltd, Stockton-on-Tees 
OwnerGeorge Nisbet & Co, Glasgow 
Date of attack21 Sep 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-48 (Heinrich Bleichrodt)
Position55° 18'N, 22° 21'W - Grid AL 5436
Complement34 (7 dead and 27 survivors).
RouteBotwood, Newfoundland - Halifax - Methil 
Cargo1825 fathoms of timber 
History Completed in February 1930 as Portregis for Portfield SS Co Ltd (Hinde), Cardiff. 1934 renamed Blairangus for George Nisbet & Co, Glasgow. 
Notes on event

At 06.14 hours on 21 Sep 1940 the Blairangus (Master Hugh Mackinnon) in convoy HX-72 was torpedoed and sunk by U-48 about 320 miles west-southwest of Rockall. Six crew members were lost. The master and 27 crew members were picked up by the British merchant Pikepool and landed at St. John’s, where one of the survivors died of wounds.

On boardWe have details of 9 people who were on board

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