British Steam tanker
|Completed||1918 - Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd, Hebburn-on-Tyne|
|Owner||Anglo-American Oil Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||25 Jun 1940||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-51 (Dietrich Knorr)|
|Position||48° 24'N, 15° 05'W - Grid BE 3783|
|Complement||44 (4 dead and 40 survivors).|
|Route||Fawley - Aruba|
|History||Completed in May 1918 |
|Notes on event|
At 15.51 hours on 25 Jun 1940 the Saranac (Master Vernon Horace Alcock) in convoy OA-172 was hit by one torpedo from U-51 about 270 miles west-southwest of Lands End and was immediately abandoned by the crew. At 17.37 hours, the U-boat surfaced and tried to sink the tanker by gunfire, but she sank 15 minutes after being hit by a coup de grâce at 19.15 hours. Four crew members were lost. The master and 30 crew members were picked up by HMS Hurricane (H 06) (LtCdr H.C. Simms, RN) and landed at Plymouth. Nine crew members were picked up by the British trawler Caliph and landed at Berehaven, Co. Cork.
|On board||We have details of 6 people who were on board.|
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