British Motor merchant
|Completed||1929 - William Pickersgill & Sons Ltd, Sunderland|
|Owner||Court Line Ltd (Haldin & Philipps Ltd), London|
|Date of attack||31 Oct 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-172 (Carl Emmermann)|
|Position||30.20S, 02.10W - Grid GP 3211|
|Complement||44 (33 dead and 11 survivors).|
|Route||Philadelphia - Trinidad (8 Oct) - Saldanha Bay, South Africa - Alexandria|
|Cargo||6614 tons of government stores, coal and general cargo|
|History||Completed in May 1929 |
|Notes on loss|
At 22.21 hours on 31 Oct, 1942, the unescorted Aldington Court (Master Alfred Stuart) was torpedoed and sunk by U-172 west of Port Nolloth, South West Africa. The master, second officer, second radio officer, and gunner who had remained on board, jumped into the water as the ship rolled over and sank. They were picked up by the lifeboats, but only one lifeboat was later found by a passing steamer. The master, 23 crew members and nine gunners were lost. The first officer was taken prisoner by U-172. Seven crew members and three gunners were picked up by the British steam merchant City of Christiania and landed at Montevideo on 25 November. In the lifeboat, as the steamer was sighted, they attempted three times to use smoke floats to attract its attention; these either malfunctioned or had no effect. The steamer was finally attracted when the third officer climbed a mast and waved a shirt.
|Crewlists||We have listing of 37 people who were on this vessel|
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