Ships hit by U-boats

St. Essylt

British Motor merchant

NameSt. Essylt
Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage5,634 tons
Completed1941 - J.L. Thompson & Sons Ltd, North Sands, Sunderland 
OwnerSouth American Saint Line, Cardiff 
Date of attack4 Jul 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-375 (Jürgen Könenkamp)
Position36° 44'N, 1° 31'E - Grid CH 8295
Complement399 (2 dead and 397 survivors).
RouteClyde (24 Jun) - Sicily 
Cargo320 troops and 900 tons of military stores 
Notes on event

At 21.40 hours on 4 July 1943, U-375 fired a spread of four torpedoes at the convoy KMS-18B 10 miles north of Cape Tenez, Algeria and reported the sinking of a freighter with 8000 grt. In fact, the St. Essylt and City of Venice were hit and sunk.

The St. Essylt (Master Stephen Diggins) caught fire and blew up the next morning. One crew member and one military personnel were lost. The master, 53 crew members, 24 gunners and 319 troops were picked up by HMS Honeysuckle (K 27) (Lt H.M.D. MacKillican DSC) and HMS Rhododendron (K 78) (Lt O.B. Medley) and the HMS Restive (W 39) (Lt D.M. Richards) and landed at Algiers.

The master Stephen Diggins was awarded the Lloyds War Medal for bravery at sea.

On boardWe have details of 8 people who were on board

Location of attack on St. Essylt.

ship sunk.

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