City of Benares
British Steam passenger ship
|Name||City of Benares|
|Type:||Steam passenger ship|
|Completed||1936 - Barclay, Curle & Co, Whiteinch, Glasgow|
|Owner||Ellerman Lines Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||18 Sep 1940||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-48 (Heinrich Bleichrodt)|
|Position||56° 43'N, 21° 15'W - Grid AL 2966|
|Complement||407 (260 dead and 147 survivors).|
|Route||Liverpool (13 Sep) - Quebec - Montreal|
|History||Completed in October 1936 |
|Notes on event|
At 00.01 hours on 18 Sep 1940 the City of Benares (Master Landles Nicoll) in convoy OB-213 was hit in the stern by one torpedo from U-48 and sank after 30 minutes 253 miles west-southwest of Rockall. The ship had been missed by two torpedoes at 23.45 hours on 17 September. She was the ship of the convoy commodore (Rear Admiral E.J.G. Mackinnon, DSO, RN) and the first ship in the center column. 15 minutes after the hit, the vessel was abandoned, encountering difficulties with lowering the boats on the weather side of the ship. HMS Hurricane (H 06) (LtCdr H.C. Simms, RN) picked up 105 survivors and landed them at Greenock. 42 survivors were adrift for eight days, then picked up by the HMS Anthony (H 40) (LtCdr N.J.V. Thew, RN) and landed at Greenock. The master, the commodore, three staff members, 121 crew members and 134 passengers were lost.
The City of Benares carried 90 evacuated children, which had been on their way to Canada to escape the German air attacks on Britain. 77 of them lost their lifes. After this incident, no more children were sent overseas.
|On board||We have details of 266 people who were on board.|
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