British Motor merchant
|Completed||1930 - Burmeister & Wain´s Maskin & Skibsbyggeri A/S, Copenhagen|
|Owner||United Baltic Co, London|
|Date of attack||22 Apr 1943||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-306 (Claus von Trotha)|
|Position||57° 30'N, 42° 50'W - Grid AJ 2659|
|Complement||140 (86 dead and 54 survivors).|
|Route||Halifax (14 Apr) - Liverpool|
|Cargo||8844 tons of general cargo, including metal, flour, meat and 200 bags of mail|
|History||Completed in January 1930 as Amerika for A/S Det Østasiatiske Kompagni, Copenhagen. In May 1940 taken over by Britain and transferred to the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). |
|Notes on event|
At 01.54 hours on 22 April 1943 the unescorted Amerika (Master Christian Nielsen), a straggler from convoy HX-234, was torpedoed and sunk by U-306 south of Cape Farewell. 42 crew members, seven gunners and 37 passengers (RCAF personnel) were lost. The master, 29 crew members, eight gunners and 16 passengers were picked up by HMS Asphodel (K 56) (Lt H.P. Carse, DSC, RNVR) and landed at Greenock.
|On board||We have details of 88 people who were on board.|
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