Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Paul Johnson Collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,416 tons
Completed1929 - J. Readhead & Sons Ltd, South Shields 
OwnerF.C. Strick & Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack23 Aug 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-506 (Erich Würdemann)
Position05.30N, 15.00W - Grid ET 5973
Complement40 (40 dead - no survivors)
RouteRio de Janeiro (18 Aug) - Trinidad - Freetown -UK 
CargoManganese ore 
History Completed in August 1929 
Notes on event

At 23.37 hours on 23 Aug, 1942, the unescorted Hamla (Master William Ashley Shute, OBE) was struck by two torpedoes from U-506 south of Freetown. Würdemann observed how the vessel disappeared immediately after being hit under the bridge and the aft mast. The master, 37 crew members and two gunners were lost.

On boardWe have details of 40 people who were on board

Location of attack on Hamla.

ship sunk.

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