Ships hit by U-boats

British Grenadier

British Steam tanker

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

NameBritish Grenadier
Type:Steam tanker
Tonnage6,857 tons
Completed1922 - Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Walker-on-Tyne 
OwnerBritish Tanker Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack22 May 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-103 (Viktor Schütze)
Position6° 15'N, 12° 59'W - Grid ET 6852
Complement49 (0 dead and 49 survivors).
RouteFreetown - Aruba 
History Completed in July 1922 
Notes on event

At 22.52 hours on 22 May 1941 the unescorted British Grenadier (Master Henry George Jeary) was hit amidships by one torpedo from U-103 while steaming on a zigzag course southwest of Freetown. The ship stopped and was then hit amidships by a coup de grâce, but remained afloat. At 23.59 hours, the U-boat fired a second coup de grâce that hit in the engine room, causing the tanker to settled slowly by the stern. The British Grenadier was left in a sinking condition and later foundered in 06°20N/12°50W. The master, 22 crew members and two gunners were picked up by the Ganda and 24 crew members were rescued by the Spanish tanker Jose Calvo Sotelo and landed at Freetown.

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