Ships hit by U-boats

North Britain

British Steam merchant

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NameNorth Britain
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,635 tons
Completed1940 - J. Readhead & Sons Ltd, South Shields 
OwnerHugh Roberts & Son, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
Date of attack5 May 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-707 (G√ľnter Gretschel)
Position55° 08'N, 42° 43'W - Grid AJ 6434
Complement46 (35 dead and 11 survivors).
ConvoyONS-5 (straggler)
RouteGlasgow - Halifax 
Cargo993 tons of firebricks and fire clay in bags 
Notes on event

At 02.22 hours on 5 May 1943 the North Britain (Master John Lamsdale Bright), a straggler from convoy ONS-5 (about five miles behind), was hit by one of three torpedoes fired by U-707 and sank by the bow within two minutes south of Cape Farewell. The master, 27 crew members and seven gunners were lost. Ten crew members and one gunner were picked up by the HMS Northern Spray (FY 129) (Lt F.A.J. Downer) and landed at St.Johns.

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