Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of State Library of New South Wales

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage9,331 tons
Completed1921 - Sir Raylton Dixon & Co Ltd, Middlesbrough 
OwnerNew Zealand Shipping Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack15 Oct 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-93 (Claus Korth)
Position58° 58'N, 9° 54'W - Grid AM 2563
Complement75 (2 dead and 73 survivors).
RouteNewcastle - Liverpool - Panama - Auckland 
History Laid down as Norfolk for Federal Steam Navigation Co Ltd, completed in January 1921 as Hurunui for New Zealand Shipping Co Ltd, London. 
Notes on event

At 00.18 hours on 15 Oct 1940 the Hurunui (Master Benjamin Evans) in convoy OA-228 was torpedoed and sunk by U-93 about 120 miles west of Butt of Lewis. The fired torpedo had missed the targeted ship and hit the Hurunui behind. Two crew members were lost. The master, 71 crew members and one gunner were picked up by the St. Margaret, transferred to HMS Fowey (L 15) (Lt C.G. de L. Bush, RN) and landed at Greenock on 20 October.

On boardWe have details of 4 people who were on board

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