Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,478 tons
Completed1925 - New Waterway Shipbuilding Co, Schiedam 
OwnerGlen & Co Ltd, Glasgow 
Date of attack21 Oct 1939Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-15 (Heinz Buchholz)
Position53° 54'N, 0° 07'E - Grid AN 5856
Complement20 (16 dead and 4 survivors).
RouteTyne - Bordeaux 
Cargo2100 tons of coal 
History Completed in April 1925 
Notes on event

On 21 October 1939 the Orsa (Master Alexander Simpson) struck a mine laid on 5 September by U-15 and sank about 15 miles 150° from Flamborough Head. The master and 15 crew members were lost. Four crew members were picked up by HMS Woolston (L 49) (LtCdr W.J. Phipps, RN) and landed at Roysth.

On boardWe have details of 16 people who were on board

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