Ships hit by U-boats

Avila Star

British Steam passenger ship

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

NameAvila Star
Type:Steam passenger ship
Tonnage14,443 tons
Completed1927 - John Brown & Co Ltd, Clydebank 
OwnerBlue Star Line Ltd, London 
Date of attack6 Jul 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-201 (Adalbert Schnee)
Position38° 04'N, 22° 48'W - Grid CF 4953
Complement196 (84 dead and 112 survivors).
RouteBuenos Aires - Freetown (28 Jun) - Liverpool 
Cargo5659 tons of frozen meat 
History Completed in March 1927 as Avila 1929 renamed Avila Star. 1935 lengthened. 
Notes on event

At 00.36 hours on 6 July 1942 the unescorted Avila Star (Master John Fisher) was hit on the starboard side by two G7e torpedoes from U-201 90 miles east of San Miguel, Azores. The ship had been chased since 5 hours and only sank capsizing to starboard one hour after being hit amidships by a coup de grâce at 00.58 hours. A first coup de grâce fired at 00.54 hours had been a dud. The master, 66 crew members and 17 passengers were lost, many of them died when the third torpedo detonated beneath a lifeboat that was being lowered and others were lost in another lifeboat that was never seen again. 93 crew members, six gunners and 13 passengers were rescued: The occupants of three lifeboats were picked up on 7/8 July by the Portuguese destroyer Lima (D 333) (Rodriguez) and taken to Ponta Delgada, Azores. Another lifeboat with 39 occupants was not located until 25 July, when 29 survivors were picked up by the Portuguese sloop Pedro Nunes (A 528) after being spotted by Portuguese aircraft two days earlier and landed at Lisbon the next day, but one of them died aboard and two others after reaching a hospital in Lisbon.

More infoMore on this vessel 
On boardWe have details of 66 people who were on board

Location of attack on Avila Star.

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