British Steam tanker
|Completed||1928 - Sir W.G. Armstrong, Whitworth & Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne|
|Owner||Baltic Trading Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||16 Apr 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-81 (Friedrich Guggenberger)|
|Position||Grid CP 5636|
|Complement||38 (27 dead and 11 survivors).|
|Route||Haifa (16 Apr) - Tripoli, Syria|
|Cargo||7000 tons of light benzine|
|History||Completed in August 1928 |
|Notes on event|
At 19.54 hours on 16 Apr, 1942, U-81 spotted a tanker and one escort vessel off the coast of Lebanon and fired at 20.38 and 20.39 hours two torpedoes each at both ships. FFL Vikings (P 41) exploded and sank 23 miles 240° from Beirut after being hit by a torpedo. At 21.48 hours, the U-boat fired two torpedoes at the Caspia and hit her with one torpedo in the bow. The tanker sank in flames 10 miles south of Beirut after being hit by a coup de grâce at 22.10 hours.
The master, 24 crew members and two gunners from the Caspia (Master Cecil Henry Humphries) were lost. Ten crew members and one gunner were picked up by the British motor launches HMS ML-1023 (Lt C.S. Roberts) and HMS ML-1032 (Lt C.D. Searle) and landed at Beirut.
|On board||We have details of 28 people who were on board.|
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