British Steam merchant
|Completed||1917 - Kawasaki Dockyard Co Ltd, Kobe|
|Owner||British India Steam Navigation Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||18 Aug 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-214 (Günther Reeder)|
|Position||41.07N, 20.32W - Grid CF 2569|
|Complement||108 (0 dead and 108 survivors).|
|Route||Calcutta - Karachi - Capetown - Freetown (4 Aug) - Glasgow|
|Cargo||8300 tons of general cargo|
|History||Completed in August 1917 as War Sailor for The Shipping Controller, managed by Furness, Withy & Co Ltd, Liverpool. 1919 renamed Hatarana for British India Steam Navigation Co Ltd, London. |
|Notes on event|
At 18.52 hours on 18 Aug, 1942, U-214 fired four aimed single torpedoes at the convoy SL-118 from between the columns, heard detonations after 2 minutes 27 seconds, 3 minutes 10 seconds, 4 minutes 31 seconds and 4 minutes 37 seconds and heard three ships breaking up. Reeder claimed the sinking of four ships totalling 20,000 grt. In fact, one torpedo damaged HMS Cheshire (F 18), another sank the Hatarana and two torpedoes sank the Balingkar.
The Hatarana (Master Percival Arthur Clifton James) was scuttled by gunfire by HMS Pentstemon (K 61) (LtCdr J. Byron, DSC, RNR), which also picked up 20 survivors and landed them at Londonderry. The remaining 88 survivors of the 98 crew members and ten gunners were picked up by the Corabella.
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