Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Paul Johnson Collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage8,286 tons
Completed1920 - Workman, Clark & Co Ltd, Belfast 
OwnerHoulder Brothers & Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack21 Sep 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-100 (Joachim Schepke)
Position54° 55'N, 18° 25'W - Grid AL 6549
Complement63 (1 dead and 62 survivors).
RouteMontreal - Sydney, CB (10 Sep) - Liverpool 
Cargo7265 tons of refrigerated and general cargo, including 2258 tons of bacon, 955 tons of cheese, 379 tons of fish and 250 tons of ham 
History Completed in November 1920 
Notes on event

At 23.10 hours on 21 Sep 1940, U-100 attacked convoy HX-72 for the first time about 340 miles west of Bloody Foreland and reported sinking two steamers with 9000 grt and the tanker Torinia and another steamer probably sunk. In fact, the Canonesa, Torinia and Dalcairn were hit, which all sank during the night.

The master, 60 crew members and one gunner from the Canonesa (Master Frederick Stephenson) were picked up by HMS La Malouine (K 46) (LtCdr R.W. Keymer, RN). One crew member was lost.

On boardWe have details of 2 people who were on board

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