Auke Visser´s Esso UK Tanker's site | home
Saranac (2) - (1918-1940)
The second "Saranac" was build in 1918, seen here with fitting of new centre-section in 1931.
She was torpedoed in 1940 and sunk after gunfire.
"Saranac", a not very sharp photo.
"Saranac" silhouette drawing, a scan from the Book "Taschebuch der handels-flooten 1940", a pocket book used by U-Boat captains, during WW2.
The Miramar Ship Index for "SARANAC"
Torpedoed and sunk 48.24 N / 15.05 W 25.06.1040 (4 dead)
Additional Information from U-Boatnet :
Type: Steam tanker
Tonnage: 12.049 tons
Completed: 1918 - Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd, Jarrow and Hebburn-on-Tyne
Owner: Anglo-American Oil Co Ltd, London
Date of attack: 25 Jun, 1940
Fate: Sunk by U-51 (Dietrich Knorr)
Position: 48.24N, 15.05W - Grid BE 3783
- See location on a map -
Complement: 44 (4 dead and 40 survivors).
Route: Fawley - Aruba
Notes on loss: At 15.51 hours on 25 Jun, 1940, the Saranac (Master Vernon Horace Alcock) in convoy OA-172 was hit by one
torpedo from U-51 about 270 miles west-southwest of Lands End and was immediately abandoned by the crew. At 17.37 hours,
the U-boat surfaced and tried to sink the tanker by gunfire, but she sank 15 minutes after being hit by a coup de grâce at 19.15
hours. Four crew members were lost. The master and 30 crew members were picked up by HMS Hurricane (H 06) (LtCdr H.C.
Simms) and landed at Plymouth. Nine crew members were picked up by the British trawler Caliph and landed at Berehaven,