Ships hit by U-boats


Tasmania

British Motor merchant



Photo courtesy of Danish Maritime Museum, Elsinore

NameTasmania
Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage6,405 tons
Completed1935 - Nakskov Skibsv√¶rft A/S, Nakskov 
OwnerT. & J. Brocklebank Ltd, Liverpool 
HomeportLondon 
Date of attack31 Oct 1942Nationality:      British
 
FateSunk by U-103 (Gustav-Adolf Janssen)
Position36.06N, 16.59W - Grid CF 9856
Complement46 (2 dead and 44 survivors).
ConvoySL-125
RouteCalcutta - Freetown (16 Oct) - Glasgow 
Cargo8500 tons of foodstuffs, tea, jute, 2000 tons of pig iron and 400 tons of ore 
History Completed in October 1935 as Danish Tasmania for A/S D/S Orient, Copenhagen. 1940 taken over by Britain and transferred to the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 
Notes on event

At 21.53 hours on 30 Oct, 1942, U-659 (Stock) fired a spread of two torpedoes at a ship in convoy SL-125 north of Madeira and observed one hit and the sinking of the vessel after 3 minutes. However, the Tasmania (Master Hans Christian Roder) continued and was sunk by two torpedoes from U-103 fired at 00.12 hours on 31 October. One crew member and one gunner were lost. The master, 35 crew members, seven gunners and one passenger (DBS) were rescued: 24 survivors were picked up by the British steam merchant Baron Elgin and landed at Madeira; 20 survivors were picked up by the Alaska, which was later torpedoed by U-510 (Neitzel) on 31 October but reached Lisbon safely on 11 November.

 
On boardWe have details of 3 people who were on board

Attack entries for Tasmania

DateU-boatCommanderLoss typeTonsNat.
30 Oct 1942U-659Kptlt. Hans StockDamaged6,405  
31 Oct 1942U-103Oblt. Gustav-Adolf JanssenSunk6,405  

Locations of attacks on Tasmania.

ship sunk. ship damaged.


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