Ships hit by U-boats


City of Manila

British Steam merchant



Photo courtesy of State Library of New South Wales

NameCity of Manila
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage7,452 tons
Completed1916 - W. Gray & Co, West Hartlepool 
OwnerEllerman Lines Ltd, London 
HomeportLiverpool 
Date of attack19 Aug 1942Nationality:      British
 
FateSunk by U-406 (Horst Dieterichs)
Position43.21N, 18.20W - Grid BE 8977
Complement96 (1 dead and 95 survivors).
ConvoySL-118
RouteBombay - Cochin - Capetown - Freetown (4 Aug) - Glasgow 
Cargo10,000 tons of general cargo, including pig iron and groundnuts 
History Completed in June 1916 
Notes on event

At 16.22 hours on 19 Aug, 1942, the City of Manila (Master Alfred Sutton Reay) in convoy SL-118 was torpedoed by U-406 west of Cape Finisterre and abandoned. The next day, the vessel was reboarded by a part of her crew. Later the ship broke in two, was again abandoned and sank. One crew member was lost. The master, 83 crew members and eleven gunners were rescued. 46 survivors were picked up by the British steam merchant Empire Voice and landed at Loch Ewe. 49 survivors were rescued by HMS Gorleston (Y 92) (Cdr R.W. Keymer, RN) and landed at Londonderry.

 
On boardWe have details of 2 people who were on board

Location of attack on City of Manila.

ship sunk.


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