Ships hit by U-boats

Scottish Standard

British Motor tanker

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

NameScottish Standard
Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage6,999 tons
Completed1921 - Vickers Ltd, Barrow-in-Furness 
OwnerTankers Ltd, London 
Date of attack22 Feb 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-96 (Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock)
Position59° 20'N, 16° 12'W - Grid AL 3668
Complement44 (5 dead and 39 survivors).
ConvoyOB-287 (straggler)
RouteClyde - Loch Ewe - New York 
History Completed in October 1921 
Notes on event

On 21 Feb 1941 the Scottish Standard (Master John Ward), a straggler from convoy OB-287, was damaged by bombs from a German Fw200 Condor aircraft (I./KG 40) in 59°19N/16°14W. Five crew members were lost. The master, 37 crew members and one gunner were picked up by HMS Montgomery (G 95) (Cdr H.F. Nash, (retired), RN) and landed at Oban.

At 12.35 hours on 22 February, U-96 sighted the abandoned tanker with the bow deeper in the water and bomb damage to the superstructure and had to dive because a destroyer appeared. At 15.49 hours, the tanker was hit near the bridge by a coup de grâce and she sank after being hit by a second coup de grâce three minutes later, but this could not be observed by the Germans because they had to evade an attack of the destroyer, which dropped 37 depth charges and damaged the U-boat.

On boardWe have details of 12 people who were on board

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