British Steam merchant
|Completed||1935 - William Hamilton & Co Ltd, Port Glasgow|
|Owner||United Africa Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||5 Aug 1941||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-74 (Eitel-Friedrich Kentrat)|
|Position||53.26N, 15.40W - Grid AM 7156|
|Complement||60 (1 dead and 59 survivors).|
|Route||Lagos - Freetown (15 Jul) - London|
|Cargo||7000 tons of general cargo|
|History||Completed in October 1935 |
|Notes on event|
At 05.40 hours on 5 Aug, 1941, U-74 fired a spread of two torpedoes at the convoy SL-81 west of Ireland and three single torpedoes at 05.41 and 05.42 hours. The U-boat observed a hit amidships with the second torpedo and heard three detonations after the boat had to dive. Kentrat reported one ship sunk and three others damaged, however, only the Kumasian (Master William Edward Pelisser) was hit and sunk. One crew member was lost. The master, 43 crew members, six gunners and nine passengers were picked up by HMS La Malouine (K 46) (T/Lt V.D.H. Bidwell, RNR) and landed at Liverpool.
|On board||We have details of 2 people who were on board.|
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