Ships hit by U-boats

Regent Tiger

British Motor tanker

Photo courtesy of Malcolm Cranfield

NameRegent Tiger
Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage10,176 tons
Completed1938 - Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Wallsend, Sunderland 
OwnerC.T. Bowring & Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack8 Sep 1939Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-29 (Otto Schuhart)
Position49° 57'N, 15° 34'W - Grid BE 3413
Complement44 (0 dead and 44 survivors).
RouteTrinidad - Avonmouth 
Cargo10,600 tons of motor spirit and 3400 tons of diesel oil 
History Completed in August 1938 
Notes on event

At 12.15 hours on 8 September 1939 the unescorted Regent Tiger (Master William Roberts) was stopped by U-29 with four shots across her bow about 250 miles west-southwest of Cape Clear. 30 minutes later, she was hit in the forepart by one torpedo after the crew had abanoned the ship and caught fire. The tanker remained afloat but foundered in 49°48N/14°33W on 10 September. The master, 40 crew members and three passengers were picked up after a few hours by the Jean Jadot, which had heard the distress call of the tanker and landed them at Ramsgate on 11 September.

On 12 September, the U-boat came across an abandoned lifeboat of the Regent Tiger and took provisions and other valuable things on board.

On boardWe have details of 4 people who were on board

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