Ships hit by U-boats


Cato

British Steam merchant



Cato in River Avon during June 1936. Photo courtesy of Robin Craig Collection.

NameCato
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage710 tons
Completed1914 - Campbeltown Shipbuilding Co, Campbeltown, Argyllshire 
OwnerBristol Steam Navigation Co Ltd, Bristol 
HomeportBristol 
Date of attack3 Mar 1940Nationality:      British
 
FateSunk by U-29 (Otto Schuhart)
Position51° 24'N, 3° 37'W - Grid AM 9947
Complement15 (13 dead and 2 survivors).
Convoy
RouteDublin - Bristol 
Cargo400 tons of general cargo 
History Completed in June 1914 
Notes on event

On 3 March 1940 the Cato (Master Richard Martin) struck a mine laid on 2 March by U-29 and sank 2.5 miles west of Nash Point in the Bristol Channel. The master, ten crew members and two gunners were lost. Two crew members were picked up by HMS Akita (FY 610) (Chief Skipper W.A. Watson, DSC, RNR).

 
On boardWe have details of 13 people who were on board

Location of attack on Cato.

ship sunk.


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