Remember – Luimneach

S.S. LUIMNEACH

Sunk by U-Boat U-46 gunfire in North Atlantic, 4th September 1940

Sunk by U-Boat U-46 gunfire in North Atlantic, 4th September 1940


Able Seaman M Carrol died later of pneumonia


On 4 Sep, 1940, the unescorted and neutral Luimneach (Master Eric Septimus Jones) was stopped by U-46 with two shots across her bow west-southwest of the Scilly Isles and was sunk at 20.00 hours by gunfire. There are differences in the accounts given by the captains. Endrass claimed that Capt Eric Jones and his crew ‚Äúlost their heads completely‚ÄĚ with one man jumping into the water, at the shot across the bows by his U-boat. But Jones was an experienced captain. The Luimneach had survived twelve aerial attacks during the Spanish Civil War. He took the ship‚Äôs papers with him and they are now in the Dublin Public Records Office. Following an inquiry, on 4 March 1941, D√∂nitz concluded that the U-boat acted correctly in sinking an ‚Äúabandoned ship‚ÄĚ. Endrass did not converse with the Luimneach, who were of the opinion that he was Italian. Endrass said that the flag was ‚ÄúBritish or Irish‚ÄĚ. There were two lifeboats, One was picked up by a Spanish trawler and brought to Spain. The other was picked up by a French trawler.
Those landed in France were detained by the Nazis. Two of the crew were British and were imprisoned. The Chief Officer, from Belfast, also had British papers, but because of his advanced age was allowed to live in Paris.  The Second Engineer was Dutch and was allowed to go to Antwerp.  The remainder returned to Ireland via Portugal.


Captain E. Jones, Wales Captain’s Boat Returned
Chief Officer J McKelvey Belfast Mate’s Boat Paris
Second Officer C. Meriditt, Dublin; Captain’s Boat Returned
Chief Engineer R. Spence, Dublin; Captain’s Boat Returned
Second Engineer H. Madsen Antwerp Mate’s Boat Antwerp
Cook S. Tice, London; Captain’s Boat Returned
Steward R. Wilkes, London; Captain’s Boat Returned
Able Seaman A. Robert­son, Limerick; Captain’s Boat Returned
Able Seaman B. Quirk, Kilmore Quay, Captain’s Boat Returned
Able Seaman M. Carrol, Dungarvan Captain’s Boat died
Able Seaman J Moran Tarbet, Kerry Mate’s Boat Returned
Able Seaman M Curran Tarbet, Kerry Mate’s Boat Returned
Fireman M McCarthy Tarbet, Kerry Mate’s Boat Returned
Fireman L O’Neill, Glasgow; Captain‚Äôs Boat Returned
Fireman E. Richards Bristol Mate’s Boat imprisoned
Fireman N. Bartello Malta Mate’s Boat imprisoned
Fireman T. Conway Dublin Mate’s Boat Returned
Fireman John. Confrey Dun Laoghaire Mate’s Boat Returned


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