Ships hit by U-boats

Edwy R. Brown

British Motor tanker

NameEdwy R. Brown
Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage10,455 tons
Completed1938 - Cantiere Riuniti dell’ Adriatico (CRDA), Monfalcone 
OwnerOriental Tankers Ltd (Standard Transp. Co Ltd), Hong Kong 
Date of attack17 Feb 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-103 (Viktor Schütze)
Position61° 00'N, 18° 00'W - Grid AL 2299
Complement50 (50 dead - no survivors)
ConvoyHX-107 (straggler)
RouteAruba - Halifax - Liverpool 
CargoClean petroleum products 
History Completed in March 1938 
Notes on event

At 06.33 hours on 17 Feb 1941 the Edwy R. Brown (Master Andrew Chalmers), a straggler from convoy HX-107, was hit amidships by one torpedo from U-103 in bad weather southeast of Iceland. The U-boat had missed the zigzagging tanker with a first torpedo at 06.15 hours. The ship continued after being hit and only stopped after two torpedoes struck behind the bridge at 06.40 hours and set her on fire. The Germans observed how the crew abandoned ship in two lifeboats and waited for the ship to sink, but she remained afloat even after being struck amidships by a fourth torpedo at 07.58 hours. Schütze gave up further attacks when a coup de grâce fired at 08.33 hours failed to detonate and left the burning wreck in a sinking condition. The master, 47 crew members and two gunners were lost.

On boardWe have details of 50 people who were on board

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