Ships hit by U-boats

La Estancia

British Motor merchant

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NameLa Estancia
Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage5,185 tons
Completed1940 - William Doxford & Sons Ltd, Sunderland 
OwnerBuries Markes Ltd, London 
Date of attack20 Oct 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-47 (G√ľnther Prien)
Position57° 00'N, 17° 00'W - Grid AL 0356
Complement34 (1 dead and 33 survivors).
RouteMackay, Queensland - Panama - Halifax (8 Oct) - Methil - Middlesbrough 
Cargo8333 tons of sugar 
Notes on event

At 00.37 and 00.43 hours on 20 Oct 1940, U-47 fired one torpedo at convoy HX-79 and reported two ships sunk, but both torpedoes probably hit and sank the La Estancia (Master John Meneely). One crew member was lost. The master, 24 crew members and one passenger were picked up by the HMS Coreopsis (K 32) (LtCdr A.H. Davies) and landed at Gourock. Seven crew members were picked up by Induna and landed at Methil.

On boardWe have details of 6 people who were on board

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