Ships hit by U-boats

Richmond Castle

British Motor merchant

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NameRichmond Castle
Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage7,798 tons
Completed1939 - Harland & Wolff Ltd, Belfast 
OwnerUnion-Castle Mail SS Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack4 Aug 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-176 (Reiner Dierksen)
Position50° 25'N, 35° 05'W - Grid BD 1387
Complement64 (14 dead and 50 survivors).
RouteBuenos Aires - Montevideo (18 Jul) - Avonmouth 
Cargo5250 tons of frozen meat 
History Completed in February 1939

On 20 Jul 1941, the Richmond Castle was damaged in a collision in 01°30N/41°54W with the British steam merchant Bangalore (6067 tons), which was shelled and sunk the next day by a warship in 00°59N/43°W.

Notes on event

At 15.58 hours on 4 Aug 1942 the unescorted Richmond Castle (Master Thomas Goldstone) was hit by two of three torpedoes from U-176 and sank after capsizing southeast of Cape Farewell. The Germans questioned the survivors before leaving the area. 14 crew members were lost. The master, 44 crew members and five gunners were rescued: The master and 14 survivors by the Irish Pine and landed at Kilrush. The chief officer and 16 survivors were picked up after 12 days by HMS Sunflower (K 41) (LtCdr J.T. Jones, RNR) and landed at Londonderry. The remaining 18 survivors were picked up by the British merchant Hororater and landed at Liverpool.

On boardWe have details of 23 people who were on board

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