Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,170 tons
Completed1920 - Uchida Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Yokohama 
OwnerWalter Runciman & Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
Date of attack26 Nov 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-663 (Heinrich Schmid)
Position50° 36'N, 47° 10'W - Grid BC 8844
Complement53 (31 dead and 22 survivors).
RouteNew York (17 Nov) - Glasgow 
Cargo6867 tons of general cargo 
History Completed in June 1920 as Eastern Glen for US Shipping Board (USSB). 1933 renamed American Oriole for American Foreign SS Co, New York. 1940 transferred to Britain and renamed Barberrys by the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 
Notes on event

At 19.17 hours on 26 Nov 1942 the Barberrys (Master George Halket Squires), the ship of convoy commodore in convoy SC-110, was torpedoed and sunk by U-663 northeast of St. John’s. The master, the commodore (Capt A.H. Young, RD, RNR), 20 crew members, four gunners and five naval staff members were lost. 18 crew members, three gunners and one naval staff member were picked up by USCGC Mohawk (WPG 78) and landed at St. John’s.

The U-boat erroneously reported the ship as the Clan Macquarrie which had been sunk by the Italian submarine Da Vinci on 13 June 1942.

On boardWe have details of 35 people who were on board

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