British Steam merchant
|Completed||1936 - Ayrshire Dockyard Co Ltd, Irvine|
|Owner||Lambert Brothers Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||10 Mar 1943||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Damaged by U-229 (Robert Schetelig)|
|Position||58° 48'N, 22° 00'W - Grid AL 2537|
|Complement||47 (40 dead and 7 survivors).|
|Route||Philadelphia (18 Feb) - New York - London|
|History||Completed in June 1936 as Coulmore for Dornoch Shipping Co Ltd (Lambert Brothers Ltd), Glasgow.|
1948 renamed Avisford for Purvis Shipping Co Ltd (N.W. Purvis), London. 1950 renamed Stripa for P. Skjold. 1957 sold to Sweden and renamed Nautic for F.H. Andersson, Stockholm. 1966 renamed Saratoga for M. Starita. Broken up at Venice in January 1969.
|Notes on event|
At 01.04 hours on 10 March 1943, U-229 fired a torpedo at the convoy SC-121 south of Reykjavik, followed by a spread of two torpedoes at 01.05 hours and reported two ships sunk and another damaged. In fact, the torpedoes sank Nailsea Court and damaged Coulmore.
The Coulmore (Master Charles Brain Ashford) was abandoned by the crew after a torpedo hit in peak tanks on the port side, but one lifeboat was swept away empty and another swamped, drowning the occupants. Two survivors were picked up by HMCS Dauphin (K 157) (T/Lt M.H. Wallace, RCNR) and five more by USCGC Bibb (WPG 31), which located the abandoned vessel the next morning in 58°30N/19°31W. Tugs were sent out to salvage Coulmore and she was towed to the Clyde, arrving on 23 March. The ship was repaired and returned to service in July 1943.
|On board||We have details of 41 people who were on board.|
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