Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,943 tons
Completed1930 - C. Connell & Co Ltd, Glasgow 
OwnerBen Line Steamers (William Thomson & Co), Leith 
Date of attack6 Oct 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-123 (Karl-Heinz Moehle)
Position53° 20'N, 26° 10'W - Grid AL 7124
Complement51 (24 dead and 27 survivors).
ConvoyOB-221 (straggler)
RouteSwansea - Durban - Port Said 
CargoArmy 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 boardWe have details of 25 people who were on board

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