Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Paul Johnson Collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,448 tons
Completed1938 - William Pickersgill & Sons, Sunderland 
OwnerW.J. Tatem Ltd, Cardiff 
Date of attack2 Dec 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-52 (Otto Salman)
Position55° 02'N, 18° 45'W - Grid AL 6558
Complement37 (1 dead and 36 survivors).
RouteNew Westminster, British Columbia - Panama - Bermuda - Oban 
Cargo8400 tons of lumber and 1000 tons of spelter 
History Completed in October 1938 
Notes on event

At 07.25 hours on 2 Dec 1940, U-52 attacked convoy HX-90 about 367 miles west of Bloody Foreland and sank two ships, the Tasso and Goodleigh. At 07.35 hours, the U-boat fired the stern torpedo, which probably struck one of the ships hit in the first attack.

The master, 34 crew members and one gunner from the Goodleigh (Master William Wilson Quaitre) were picked up by HMS Viscount (D 92) (LtCdr M.S. Townsend, OBE, DSC, RN) and landed at Liverpool. One crew member was lost.

On boardWe have details of 2 people who were on board

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