British Steam merchant
|Completed||1930 - C. Connell & Co Ltd, Glasgow|
|Owner||Ben Line Steamers (William Thomson & Co), Leith|
|Date of attack||6 Oct 1940||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-123 (Karl-Heinz Moehle)|
|Position||53° 20'N, 26° 10'W - Grid AL 7124|
|Complement||51 (24 dead and 27 survivors).|
|Route||Swansea - Durban - Port Said|
|Cargo||Army stores, including lorries|
|Notes on event|
At 13.04 hours on 6 Oct 1940 the Benlawers (Master W.G. Scott-Campbell), a straggler from convoy OB-221 , was torpedoed and sunk by U-123 northeast of St.Johns. 23 crew members and one gunner were lost. The master, nine crew members and one gunner were picked up by the British merchant Forest and landed at Bermuda. The second officer, 14 crew members and one gunner were rescued by the Bengore Head.
|On board||We have details of 25 people who were on board.|
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