British Steam merchant
|Completed||1940 - J. Readhead & Sons Ltd, South Shields|
|Owner||F.C. Strick & Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||8 Mar 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-68 (Karl-Friedrich Merten)|
|Position||04.13N, 08.32W - Grid EU 8196|
|Complement||71 (3 dead and 68 survivors).|
|Route||Basrah - Capetown (25 Feb) - Freetown - UK|
|Cargo||8000 tons of general cargo, including dates|
|Notes on event|
At 12.41 hours on 8 Mar, 1942, the unescorted Baluchistan (Master Thomas Huntly Farrar) was torpedoed and damaged by U-68 30 miles southwest of Grand Cess, Liberia. At 13.28 and 14.09 hours, the vessel was hit by two coups de grâce and was finally sunk by gunfire between 14.31 and 14.40 hours with 21 high explosive and 14 incendiary shells. Three passengers were lost. The master, 61 crew members, four gunners and two passengers landed near Cape Palmas, Liberia.
|On board||We have details of 4 people who were on board.|
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