Clan Ogilvy (2)

5,802 gross tons, length 430ft x beam 54.3ft, single screw, speed 12 knots, Launched 20th Oct.1914 by Wm.Doxford & Sons, Sunderland for the Clan Line of Steamers.

In 1938 she was transferred to R. P. Houston & Co.

Date of attack

21 Mar 1941


Sunk by U-105 (Georg Schewe)

Position 20.04N, 25.45W - Grid DT 7653


85 (61 dead and 24 survivors).




Chittagong - Freetown (13 Mar) - London - Glasgow

Cargo 5000 tons of general cargo, including pig iron, groundnuts and tea


At 12.03 hours on 30 Jun, 1940, U-65 (Stockhausen) attacked the convoy SL-36 in 46°17N/14°35W and reported hits on two ships. In fact, only the Clan Ogilvy was hit. She had been en route to from Tuticorin, India to London with a cargo of general cargo, including tea, groundnuts, chrome and manganese ore. No casualties. The damaged ship was assisted by HMS Vesper (D 55) (LtCdr W.E.F. Hussey, DSC, RN) and HMS Gladiolus (K 34) (LtCdr H.M.C. Sanders, RNR) and arrived at Falmouth on 4 July. The ship was repaired and returned to service in October 1940.

Notes on loss  

At 00.46 hours on 21 Mar, 1941, U-105 attacked the convoy SL-68 182 miles 350° from St. Antonio Island, Cape Verde Islands and sank the Clan Ogilvy and Benwyvis.

61 crew members from the Clan Ogilvy (Master Edward Gough) were lost. The master and three crew members were picked up by the Batna and landed at Takoradi. 20 further survivors were rescued by the Spanish steam merchant Cabo Villano and landed at Santos.


We have listing of 28 people who were on this vessel

The following names are listed at the

Merchant Navy Memorial at Tower Hill

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