Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo from City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 447-2798

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,966 tons
Completed1927 - D. & W. Henderson & Co Ltd, Glasgow 
OwnerMaclay & McIntyre Ltd, Glasgow 
Date of attack19 Oct 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-47 (G√ľnther Prien)
Position56° 35'N, 17° 15'W - Grid AL 0372
Complement40 (0 dead and 40 survivors).
RouteMontreal - Halifax (8 Oct) - Milford Haven 
Cargo6200 tons of lumber and 2006 tons of steel 
History Completed in November 1927 
Notes on event

At 22.13 hours on 19 Oct 1940, U-38 (Liebe) fired a torpedo at convoy HX-79 and missed the intended target but hit a vessel behind it, the Matheran. At 22.19 hours, U-38 fired another torpedo, which struck the Bilderdijk. Liebe then prepared to attack the next ship in the column but had to evade U-47, which had set its sights on the same ship, the Uganda and sank her with one torpedo at 22.27 hours.

The master and 39 crew members from the Uganda (Master Charles Mackinnon) were picked up by HMS Jason (J 99) (LtCdr R.E. Terry, RN) and landed at Methil.

On boardWe have details of 1 people who were on board

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