Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,072 tons
Completed1925 - Greenock Dockyard Co Ltd, Greenock 
OwnerSir William Reardon Smith & Sons Ltd, Cardiff 
Date of attack17 May 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-156 (Werner Hartenstein)
Position15° 15'N, 52° 27'W - Grid EE 6377
Complement53 (1 dead and 52 survivors).
RouteNew York (9 May) - Capetown - Basrah - Abadan 
Cargo9824 tons of government and general cargo 
History Completed in November 1925 for Barr, Crombie & Co Ltd, Glasgow. 1940 sold to Sir William Reardon Smith & Sons Ltd, Cardiff. 
Notes on event

At 21.04 hours on 17 May 1942 the unescorted Barrdale (Master Frank Jameson Stirling) was hit by one stern torpedo from U-156 and sank within 10 minutes about 500 miles east of Martinique. One gunner was lost. One of the survivors was rescued by the U-boat, questioned and then transferred to one of the lifeboats. The Germans collected ten tyres in the debris field as war trophy. The master, 44 crew members and seven gunners were picked up by the Argentinian motor passenger ship Rio Iguazu and landed at Pernambuco.

On boardWe have details of 2 people who were on board

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