Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo from City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 447-2705

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,170 tons
Completed1930 - W. Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool 
OwnerSir R. Ropner & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool 
HomeportWest Hartlepool 
Date of attack13 May 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-111 (Wilhelm Kleinschmidt)
Position60° 39'N, 26° 13'W - Grid AL 1119
Complement43 (0 dead and 43 survivors).
ConvoySC-30 (straggler)
RouteHalifax - Loch Ewe - Hull 
Cargo8300 tons of grain 
History Completed in October 1930 
Notes on event

At 11.41 hours on 13 May 1941 the Somersby (Master John William Thompson), a straggler from convoy SC-30, was hit amidships by one of two torpedoes from U-111 southwest of Reykjavik. The ship capsized and sank after being hit in the bow by a coup de grĂ¢ce at 12.46 hours. The master, 38 crew members and four gunners were picked up by the Greek steam merchant Marika Protopapa and landed at Loch Ewe.

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