Ships hit by U-boats

Saint Germain

British Motor merchant

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NameSaint Germain
Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage1,044 tons
Completed1924 - Karlhamns Skeppsvarf, Karlshamn 
OwnerSaint Line Ltd (Rankin, Gilmour & Co), Liverpool 
Date of attack17 Nov 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-137 (Herbert Wohlfarth)
Position55° 40'N, 8° 40'W - Grid AM 5289
Complement18 (0 dead and 18 survivors).
RouteLeixoes, Portugal - Port Talbot 
Cargo1440 tons of pit props 
History Completed in June 1924 as Swedish Epoca for Rederi-A/B Eda (P.G. Thulin), Stockholm. 1932 sold to France and renamed Edouard Giraud for Société Bourbonnaise de Navigation, Le Havre. 1935 sold to Britain and renamed Saint Germain for Saint Line Ltd (Rankin, Gilmour & Co), Liverpool. 
Notes on event

At 17.30 hours on 17 Nov 1940, U-137 spotted two ships from convoy HG-46 and sank both with one torpedo each north-northwest of Tory Island. The Saint Germain was hit at 20.14 hours and the Veronica at 20.40 hours.

The Saint Germain (Master Ernest Welch Bearpark) was hit in the bow, developed a list to port and stayed afloat abandoned until she sank the next day in 55°20N/08°50W. The master and 17 crew members were picked up by HMS Mallow (K 81) (LtCdr W.B. Piggott, RNR) and landed at Londonderry.

On boardWe have details of 18 people who were on board

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