Ships hit by U-boats


Belgian Steam merchant

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,086 tons
Completed1919 - Bartram & Sons Ltd, South Dock, Sunderland 
OwnerArmement Deppe, Antwerp 
Date of attack10 May 1941Nationality:      Belgian
FateSunk by U-556 (Herbert Wohlfarth)
Position57° 54'N, 37° 34'W - Grid AK 4640
Complement44 (1 dead and 43 survivors).
ConvoyOB-318 (dispersed)
RouteLiverpool - River Mersey - Sydney, Nova Scotia 
History Laid down for The Shipping Controller, completed in December 1919 as British Langley for Fratres Ltd (Brown, Jenkinson & Co Ltd), London. 1922 sold to Belgium and renamed Gand for Armement Deppe, Antwerp. 
Notes on event

At 20.37 hours on 10 May 1941 the unescorted Gand (Master Michel Hostens), dispersed from convoy OB-318, was hit on starboard side underneath the bridge by one G7e torpedo from U-556 about 210 miles southeast of Cape Farewell. The ship developed a list to port and the crew abandoned ship in the lifeboats. At 21.20 hours, the U-boat surfaced and shelled the Gand until she sank about 40 minutes later. One crew member was lost and another wounded. The master, 38 crew members and four gunners were later picked up by HMS Burwell (H 94) (LtCdr S.R.J. Woods, RNR) and landed at Reykjavik on 17 May.

On boardWe have details of 43 people who were on board

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