Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage6,863 tons
Completed1920 - Short Bros Ltd, Pallion, Sunderland 
OwnerDonaldson Brothers Ltd, Glasgow 
Date of attack28 Sep 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-37 (Victor Oehrn)
Position53° 49'N, 24° 19'W - Grid AL 5753
Complement50 (0 dead and 50 survivors).
ConvoyOB-217 (dispersed)
RouteGlasgow - Halifax - Montreal 
Cargo1800 tons of general cargo and bricks 
History Completed in July 1920 
Notes on event

At 02.34 hours on 26 Sep 1940 the unescorted Corrientes (Master Thomas Halliday Young Stewart), dispersed from convoy OB-217, was hit in the engine room by one torpedo from U-32 (Jenisch) about 600 miles west of Achill Head, Co. Mayo. The U-boat had chased the ship for six hours and left the vessel in a sinking condition after the crew abandoned ship, but she remained afloat.

At 20.00 hours on 28 September, the abandoned Corrientes was struck underneath the bridge by one torpedo from U-37 and was finally sunk by gunfire at 21.40 hours. The master and 49 crew members were picked up by the Swedish motor merchant Kolsnaren and landed at Philadelphia.

On boardWe have details of 1 people who were on board

Attack entries for Corrientes

DateU-boatCommanderLoss typeTonsNat.
26 Sep 1940U-32Oblt. Hans JenischDamaged6,863  
28 Sep 1940U-37Kptlt. Victor OehrnSunk6,863  

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