Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Craig H. Adamson

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,084 tons
Completed1928 - Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow 
OwnerDouglas & Ramsay, Glasgow 
Date of attack26 Sep 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-32 (Hans Jenisch)
Position53° 27'N, 24° 55'W - Grid AL 7217
Complement37 (37 dead - no survivors)
ConvoyOB-217 (dispersed)
RouteBarry (18 Sep) - Milford Haven (20 Sep) - Philadelphia 
History Completed in April 1928 
Notes on event

At 13.37 hours on 26 September 1940 the unescorted Darcoila (Master William Anderson), dispersed the day before from convoy OB-217, was hit on port side amidships by one G7e torpedo fired from the stern torpedo tube of U-32 about 600 miles west of Ireland. The ship sank within 5 minutes by the stern after a boiler explosion. The master, 35 crew members and one gunner were lost.

On boardWe have details of 37 people who were on board

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