Ships hit by U-boats


British Motor tanker

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage8,826 tons
Completed1930 - Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd, Jarrow 
OwnerAnglo-American Oil Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack1 Dec 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-101 (Ernst Mengersen)
Position54° 30'N, 20° 00'W - Grid AL 5883
Complement39 (7 dead and 32 survivors).
RouteBaytown, Texas - Bermuda - Avonmouth 
Cargo11.706 tons of aviation spirit 
History Completed in December 1930 
Notes on event

At 22.12 hours on 1 Dec 1940, U-101 attacked convoy HX-90 about 340 miles west of Bloody Foreland and claimed one ship of 8000 grt sunk (Loch Ranza was only damaged), one ship of 6000 grt damaged (not confirmed) and one tanker of 12.000 grt sunk (Appalachee).

Seven crew members from the Appalachee (Master Warwick Armstrong) were lost. The master and 31 crew members were picked up by HMS Heliotrope (K 03) (LtCdr J. Jackson, RNR) and landed at Londonderry.

On boardWe have details of 9 people who were on board

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