Ships hit by U-boats

Sheaf Crown

British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Ken Appleby

NameSheaf Crown
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,868 tons
Completed1929 - W. Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool 
OwnerW.A. Souter & Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
Date of attack4 Mar 1943Nationality:      British
FateDamaged by U-160 (Georg Lassen)
Position31° 49'S, 31° 11'E - Grid KZ 2442
Complement48 (1 dead and 47 survivors).
RouteNew York - Alexandria 
CargoGovernment stores 
History Completed in September 1929

1947 renamed Kedros for Lykiardopulo & Co Ltd, London. 1950 sold to Italy and renamed Maria Lauretana for Sicula Cosina. Broken up at La Spezia in April 1960.

Notes on event

At 03.46 hours on 4 March 1943, U-160 fired two torpedoes at the convoy DN-21 east-northeast of East London and hit two ships after 1 minute 6 seconds and 1 minute 14 seconds. The Marietta E. was sunk and Sheaf Crown damaged.

The Sheaf Crown was abandoned by the crew, but later taken in tow to East London and returned to service after being repaired. One gunner was lost.

On boardWe have details of 2 people who were on board

Location of attack on Sheaf Crown.

ship damaged.

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