British Steam merchant
|Completed||1936 - Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Dundee|
|Owner||Christian Salvesen & Co, Edinburgh|
|Date of attack||24 Feb 1941||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-96 (Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock)|
|Position||58° 00'N, 21° 00'W - Grid AL 2417|
|Complement||43 (43 dead - no survivors)|
|Route||Barry (12 Feb) - Clyde (19 Feb) - Halifax|
|History||Completed in April 1936 |
|Notes on event|
At 02.20 hours on 24 Feb 1941 the Sirikishna (Master Robert Paterson), dispersed from convoy OB-288, was hit on the port side amidships by one torpedo from U-96 south of Iceland and was abandoned by the crew. The U-boat first had to load a torpedo from an upper deck container into the boat because all other torpedoes had been spent. At 08.36 hours, a coup de grâce was fired that hit amidships and caused the ship to sink rapidly after breaking in two. She was the ship of convoy commodore Rear Admiral R.A.A. Plowden, DSO. The master, the commodore, five naval staff members, 34 crew members and two gunners were lost.
|On board||We have details of 43 people who were on board.|
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