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 man Leeds City and landed at Gourock.