British Steam merchant
|Completed||1928 - Short Bros Ltd, Pallion, Sunderland|
|Owner||Common Brothers Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne|
|Date of attack||10 Dec 1941||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-130 (Ernst Kals)|
|Position||56° 57'N, 16° 36'W - Grid AL 3962|
|Complement||66 (10 dead and 56 survivors).|
|Route||New York - Manchester|
|Cargo||6534 tons of general cargo, including foodstuffs, base metals and textiles|
|History||Completed in December 1928 |
|Notes on event|
At 23.54 hours on 10 Dec 1941, U-130 fired a spread of four torpedoes at convoy SC-57 west of Rockall and observed two hits on one ship, the Star of Luxor, which sank in flames. At 23.57 hours, a spread of two torpedoes was then fired, both torpedoes seemingly detonating on one ship, but in fact Kurdistan and Kirnwood were hit.
The Kurdistan (Master William Fearon McMillan) was the ship of convoy commodore Sir Roy Gill, RD, RNR. Seven crew members, one gunner and two naval staff members were lost. The master, the commodore, four naval staff members, 45 crew members and five gunners were picked up by HMS Kingcup (K 33) (LtCdr R.A.D. Cambridge, DSC, RNR) and landed at Londonderry.
|On board||We have details of 13 people who were on board.|
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