Ships hit by U-boats


Lafian

British Steam merchant



Photo courtesy of Clive Ketley

NameLafian
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,876 tons
Completed1937 - Furness Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Haverton Hill, Middlesbrough 
OwnerUnited Africa Co Ltd, London 
HomeportFreetown 
Date of attack24 Sep 1941Nationality:      British
 
FateSunk by U-107 (G√ľnter Hessler)
Position31.12N, 23.32W - Grid DH 4178
Complement47 (0 dead and 47 survivors).
ConvoySL-87
RoutePort Harcourt - Freetown (14 Sep) - Liverpool 
Cargo5724 tons of palm kernels, 1128 tons of timber, 810 tons of palm oil and bullion 
History Completed in December 1937 
Notes on event

At 06.31 hours on 24 Sep, 1941, U-107 attacked the convoy SL-87 southwest of Madeira and reported three ships sunk. These ships were John Holt, Lafian and Dixcove.

The master, 37 crew members, five gunners and four passengers from the Lafian (Master Evan Llewellyn Phillips) were picked up by HMS Gorleston (Y 92) (Cdr R.W. Keymer, Rtd, RN) and landed at Ponta Delgada, Azores.

 

Location of attack on Lafian.

ship sunk.


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