Ships hit by U-boats

HMS Carinthia

British Armed Merchant Cruiser

Photo courtesy of the Allen Collection

NameHMS Carinthia
Type:Armed Merchant Cruiser
Tonnage20,277 tons (one of the largest ships sunk).
Completed1925 - Vickers Ltd, Barrow-in-Furness 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Date of attack6 Jun 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-46 (Engelbert Endrass)
Position53° 13'N, 10° 40'W - Grid AM 5432
Complement? men (4 dead and ? survivors).
RouteGibraltar (1 Jun) - UK 
History Laid down as steam passenger ship Servia, completed in August 1925 as Carinthia for Cunard White Star Ltd, Liverpool. In August 1939 requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to the armed merchant cruiser HMS Carinthia until 30 December. 
Notes on event

At 13.13 hours on 6 Jun 1940, HMS Carinthia (Capt J.F.B. Barrett, RN) was hit aft by one G7e torpedo from U-46 west of Galway Bay. The Germans then observed how the ship turned apparently uncontrolled in circles and dropped depth charges from the stern. At 13.47 hours, a G7e coup de grĂ¢ce was fired which missed and was answered by gunfire from the armed merchant cruiser. Endrass decided not to waste another torpedo and left the area because the burning ship was settling by the stern, developing a port list and the crew began to abandon ship.

HMS Volunteer (D 71) (LtCdr N. Lanyon, RN), HMS Wren (D 88) (LtCdr F.W.G. Harker, RN), HMS Berkeley (L 17) (LtCdr H.G. Walters, RN), HMS Gleaner (J 83) (LtCdr H.P. Price, DSO, RN), HMS Brigand (W 83) and HMS Marauder (W 98) (Lt W.J. Hammond, RNR) were sent to assist HMS Carinthia and she was taken in tow the next day by the latter, but foundered about 34 miles east of Bloody Foreland at 19.00 hours. Two officers and two ratings died in the attack.

On boardWe have details of 6 people who were on board

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