St Elwyn (1)


Date of attack

28 Nov 1940

Nationality:     

British

Fate

Sunk by U-103 (Viktor Schütze)

Position

55° 30'N, 19° 30'W - Grid AL 6824

Complement

40 (24 dead and 16 survivors).

Convoy

OB-249 (dispersed)

Route

Hull - Santos

Cargo

Coal

Official Number

Ship Builder

Engine Builder

Engine Type


162147


Joseph L Thompson

Sunderland




Steam compound

HP



Screws


1

Torpedoed and Sunk in The North Atlantic - 1940

Loss of SS St Elwyn - 1940

St Elwyn

Left Hull

For Santos

Lost 28 November 1940

Fate

Master

E T Daniells

Lost

Chief Officer

L Williams

Survived

Second Officer

A Brightwell

Survived

Third Officer

W S Jane

Lost

Apprentices

R H Davis

J Richards

Both Survived

Chief Radio Officer

J O’Sullivan

Lost

Third Radio Officer

K P Berry

Lost

Chief Engineer

W C Gould

Lost

Second Engineer

D J Robb

Lost

Third Engineer

A J Corben

Lost

Fourth Engineer

P Thomas

Survived

Fifth Engineer

E D Edmunds

Lost

Chief Steward

H Surie

Lost

Bosun

G A Evans

Lost

Able Seamen

G E Firth

B Vassilieff

Both Lost

Ordinary Seaman

F Wileur

Lost

Donkeyman

C Karlson

P Negroles

S Tupine

All Lost

Fireman

R Santa Cruz

Lost

Fireman & Trimmer

B Smets

Lost

Baker

L S Shanks

Lost

Steward

S A Miller

L E Verschuuren

Both Lost

Steward’s Boy

J E Coulman

Lost

Cabin Boy

I Helfgott

Lost

Notes on event

At 20.24 hours on 28 Nov 1940 the St. Elwyn (Master Edward Thomas Alexander Daniells, DSC and bar), dispersed from convoy OB-249, was hit near the bridge by one torpedo from U-103 about 500 miles east of Bishop Rock.

The U-boat had spotted the ship at 09.51 hours and had to overtake her again after a first submerged attack failed due to the zigzag course.

The ship sank by the stern after being hit by a coup de grâce in the engine room at 20.27 hours.

The master and 23 crew members were lost. 16 crew members were picked up by the British merchant Leeds City and landed at Gourock.

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