Ships hit by U-boats


British Motor tanker

Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage6,218 tons
Completed1937 - Harland & Wolff Ltd, Govan, Glasgow 
OwnerAnglo-Saxon Petroleum Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack20 Oct 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-100 (Joachim Schepke)
Position56° 37'N, 17° 15'W - Grid AL 0381
Complement44 (1 dead and 43 survivors).
RouteCuraƧao - Manchester 
Cargo8444 tons of crude oil 
History Completed in March 1937 
Notes on event

At 00.15 hours on 20 October 1940 U-100 fired two torpedoes at two tankers in convoy HX-79 from within the columns about 150 miles southwest of Rockall and hit Caprella and Sitala, which both caught fire after being torpedoed and sank later.

The burning Sitala (Master John Lewis Morgans) was quickly abandoned and sank later after breaking in two. One crew member was lost. The master and 42 crew members were picked up by HMS Lady Elsa (FY 124) (Lt J.G. Rankin, RNR) and landed at Belfast.

On boardWe have details of 2 people who were on board

Location of attack on Sitala.

ship sunk.

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