Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,666 tons
Completed1918 - Sunderland Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Sunderland 
OwnerCairns, Noble & Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
Date of attack30 Oct 1939Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-13 (Karl Daublebsky von Eichhain)
Position57° 38'N, 1° 45'W - Grid AN 1863
Complement45 (3 dead and 42 survivors).
ConvoyHX-5 (dispersed)
RouteMontreal - Halifax (17 Oct) - Newcastle - Leith 
CargoGeneral cargo, including wool, copper and grain 
Notes on event

At 22.50 hours on 30 Oct 1939 the Cairnmona (Master Fred Wilkinson Fairley), dispersed from convoy HX-5, was torpedoed and sunk by U-13 three miles east-northeast of Rattray Head. Three crew members were lost. The master and 41 crew members were picked up by the British drifter HMS River Lossie (4.246) (Skipper J.C. Spence, RNR).

On boardWe have details of 4 people who were on board

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