British Motor merchant
|Completed||1935 - Nakskov Skibsværft A/S, Nakskov|
|Owner||T. & J. Brocklebank Ltd, Liverpool|
|Date of attack||31 Oct 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-103 (Gustav-Adolf Janssen)|
|Position||36.06N, 16.59W - Grid CF 9856|
|Complement||46 (2 dead and 44 survivors).|
|Route||Calcutta - Freetown (16 Oct) - Glasgow|
|Cargo||8500 tons of foodstuffs, tea, jute, 2000 tons of pig iron and 400 tons of ore|
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 board||We have details of 3 people who were on board.|
Attack entries for Tasmania
|30 Oct 1942||U-659||Hans Stock||Damaged||6,405|
|31 Oct 1942||U-103||Oblt. Gustav-Adolf Janssen||Sunk||6,405|
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