Ships hit by U-boats


British Motor tanker

Photo courtesy of Richard Cox

Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage6,054 tons
Completed1924 - Tyne Iron Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Willington Quay-on-Tyne 
OwnerHunting & Son Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
Date of attack5 Jun 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-48 (Herbert Schultze)
Position48° 34'N, 31° 34'W - Grid BD 5185
Complement42 (8 dead and 34 survivors).
ConvoyOB-328 (dispersed)
RouteLiverpool - Curaçao 
History Completed in March 1924 with a length of 385.6 feet (5633 grt). 1932 lengthened to 409.8 feet. 
Notes on event

At 01.31 hours on 5 June 1941 the unescorted Wellfield (Master James Edward Smith), dispersed from convoy OB-328, was hit aft by two torpedoes from U-48 southeast of Cape Farewell. The tanker had been spotted at 14.09 hours the day before and was sunk by one G7e coup de grâce at 01.56 hours. The master and seven crew members were lost. 19 crew members were picked up by British Ardour on 8 June and landed at New York ten days later. On 11 June, 15 crew members were picked up by Heina and landed at Halifax.

On boardWe have details of 27 people who were on board

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