British Steam merchant
|Completed||1925 - William Dobson & Co, Walker-on-Tyne|
|Owner||Gibbs & Co, Cardiff|
|Date of attack||16 Dec 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-159 (Helmut Witte)|
|Position||00.24N, 31.27W - Grid FC 2911|
|Complement||45 (17 dead and 28 survivors).|
|Route||New York - Trinidad (9 Dec) - Durban - Alexandria|
|Cargo||7000 tons of government stores and coal|
Completed in August 1925
|Notes on event|
At 20.39 hours on 16 Dec, 1942, the unescorted East Wales (Master Stephen Archibald Rowland) was hit amidships by the last torpedo of U-159 and sank near St. Paul Rocks. The master, eleven crew members and five gunners were lost. The U-boat surfaced to question the survivors before leaving the area. 26 crew members and two gunners were picked up by the Swedish motor merchant Gullmaren and landed at Natal, Brazil.
|On board||We have details of 17 people who were on board.|
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