Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Paul Johnson Collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,499 tons
Completed1919 - W. Gray & Co, West Hartlepool 
OwnerHalford Constants Ltd, London 
Date of attack30 Sep 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-37 (Victor Oehrn)
Position53° 26'N, 18° 33'W - Grid AL 9267
Complement26 (1 dead and 25 survivors).
ConvoyOB-220 (straggler)
RouteTyne - Tenerife 
Cargo3300 tons of coal 
History Completed in April 1919 as War Currant for The Shipping Controller, managed by J. Hopper. 1919 renamed Leicester for Anglo-European Steamship, Coal & Pitwood Co Ltd (Blane & Martinez Ltd), Hull. 1920 transferred to Anglo-European SS Co Ltd (James Bell & Co), Hull. 1929 renamed Rudchester for Chesters Steam Shipping Co Ltd (William Dickinson & Co), Newcastle-upon-Tyne. 1934 renamed Heminge for Constants (South Wales) Ltd (Halford Constant), Cardiff. 
Notes on event

At 21.56 hours on 30 Sep 1940 the Heminge (Master Trevor Thomas), a straggler from convoy OB-220, was torpedoed and sunk by U-37 west of Ireland. One crew member was lost. The master, 23 crew members and one gunner were picked up by the British merchant Clan Cumming and landed at Liverpool.

On boardWe have details of 2 people who were on board

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