Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam tanker

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Type:Steam tanker
Tonnage4,753 tons
Completed1913 - Russell & Co, Port Glasgow 
OwnerO. Margulies, London 
Date of attack26 Sep 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-137 (Herbert Wohlfarth)
Position54° 50'N, 10° 40'W - Grid AM 5740
Complement34 (2 dead and 32 survivors).
RouteLiverpool (24 Sep) - Aruba 
History Built as Vitruvia 1925 renamed Luminous 1938 renamed Stratford for Pallas Oil & Trading Co Ltd, London. 
Notes on event

At 01.35 hours on 26 Sep 1940 the surfaced U-137 fired a G7e torpedo at the Stratford (Master James Robertson Murray) in convoy OB-218 85 miles west-southwest of Bloody Foreland. The torpedo hit in the aft part of the tanker and caused such a heavy detonation that oil and debris fell near the U-boat. The stern was seen to caught fire and settle deep before the ship finally sank. Two crew members were lost. The master and 14 crew members were picked up by HMS Gloxinia (K 22) (LtCdr A.J.C. Pomeroy) and 17 crew members by HMS Wolves (FY 158) (Skipper B. Pile).

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