|Ship Class||Type VII-class Submarine|
|Builder||Friedrich Krupp Germaniawerft|
|Ordered||21 Nov 1937|
|Laid Down||26 Feb 1937|
|Launched||11 Jun 1938|
|Commissioned||6 Aug 1938|
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|20 Jun 1940Â||At 1533 hours, German submarine U-51 (KapitÃ¤nleutnant Dietrich Knorr) attacked the 4,876-ton British merchant steamer Otterpool of convoy HG-34F, carrying 8,180 tons of iron ore; the attack missed the target.|
|25 Jun 1940Â||German submarine U-51 hit 12,049-ton British steam tanker Saranac in Allied convoy OA-172 with one torpedo about 270 miles west-southwest of Lands End at the southwestern tip of Britain at 1551 hours. The ships' crew immediately abandoned the ship. At 1737 hours, the submarine surfaced and failed to sink the tanker by gunfire. At 1915 hours, another torpedo was fired, finally sinking Saranac. Four crew members were lost in this sinking. 31 survivors, including the master Vernon Horace Alcock, were picked up by British destroyer HMS Hurricane (H 06) commanded by Lieutenant Commander H. C. Simms, RN and landed at Plymouth in southern Britain. 9 survivors were picked up by British trawler Caliph and landed at Berehaven, County Cork, Ireland.|
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