Ships hit by U-boats


Viking Star

British Steam merchant



NameViking Star
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage6,445 tons
Completed1919 - Napier & Miller Ltd, Old Kilpatrick, Glasgow 
OwnerBlue Star Line Ltd, London 
HomeportLondon 
Date of attack25 Aug 1942Nationality:      British
 
FateSunk by U-130 (Ernst Kals)
Position06.00N, 14.00W - Grid ET 6446
Complement61 (7 dead and 54 survivors).
Convoy
RouteBuenos Aires - Montevideo (9 Aug) - Freetown - UK 
Cargo4519 tons of refrigerated cargo and 200 tons of fertilisers 
History Launched as War Peony, completed in November 1919 as Lusiada for The Blue Star Line, Rio de Janeiro. 1920 renamed Vikingstar for Blue Star Line, London. 1929 renamed Viking Star for the same owner. 
Notes on event

At 19.44 hours on 25 Aug, 1942, the unescorted Viking Star (Master James Edward Mills) was hit by two torpedoes from U-130 about 160 miles south-southwest of Freetown and sank after being hit amidships by a coup de grĂ¢ce at 20.35 hours. The master and six crew members were lost. 31 crew members and five gunners made landfall after six days near Bonthe, Sierra Leone. 18 other crew members on rafts reached the coasts of Sierra Leone and Liberia within 18 days.

 
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Location of attack on Viking Star.

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