British Steam tanker
|Completed||1928 - Sir W.G. Armstrong, Whitworth & Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne|
|Owner||British Tanker Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||8 Jan 1943||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-436 (Günther Seibicke)|
|Position||27° 59'N, 28° 50'W - Grid DG 8565|
|Complement||60 (17 dead and 43 survivors).|
|Route||Trinidad - Gibraltar|
|Cargo||9086 tons of Admiralty furnace oil, 732 barrels of lubricating oil and military stores|
|History||Completed in April 1928 as Romanian Oltenia for Steaua Romana SA Pentru Industria Petroleului, Bucharest. 1941 seized by Britain and renamed Oltenia II by the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). |
|Notes on event|
At 22.37 hours on 8 Jan 1943, U-436 fired three single torpedoes at the convoy TM-1 southwest of the Canary Islands and hit the Oltenia II twice, which exploded and sank. The third torpedo hit the Albert L. Ellsworth, which fell behind and was shelled and sunk the next day by the same U-boat.
The master, 13 crew members and three gunners from the Oltenia II (Master Arthur Laddle) were lost. 42 crew members and one gunner were picked up by HMS Havelock (H 88) (Cdr R.C. Boyle DSC, RN) and landed at Gibraltar.
|On board||We have details of 18 people who were on board.|
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