Ships hit by U-boats


Clan Macarthur

British Steam merchant



Photo courtesy of the Allen Collection

NameClan Macarthur
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage10,528 tons
Completed1936 - Greenock Dockyard Co Ltd, Greenock 
OwnerThe Clan Line Steamers Ltd (Cayzer, Irvine & Co Ltd), London 
HomeportGlasgow 
Date of attack12 Aug 1943Nationality:      British
 
FateSunk by U-181 (Wolfgang Lüth)
Position23° 00'S, 53° 11'E - Grid KR 2213
Complement130 (53 dead and 77 survivors).
ConvoyDN-55 (dispersed)
RouteGlasgow - Durban (5 Aug) - Port Louis, Mauritius 
Cargo6346 tons of general cargo, including 5500 tons of military stores, ammunition and mail 
History Completed in January 1936 
Notes on event

At 03.32 hours on 12 Aug 1943 the Clan Macarthur (Master John Drayton Matthews), dispersed from convoy DN-55, was hit by two G7a torpedoes from U-181 after a hunt of over 15 hours about 350 miles east of Farafangan, Madagascar. The ship sank by the bow eight minutes after being hit by a coup de grâce at 03.47 hours. After the ship sank a heavy underwater detonation slightly damaged the U-boat and swamped several lifeboats. The Germans questioned the survivors before they left the area. 52 crew members and one gunner were lost. The master, 70 crew members and six passengers were picked up by FFL Savorgnan de Brazza and landed at Port Louis.

 
On boardWe have details of 61 people who were on board

Location of attack on Clan Macarthur.

ship sunk.


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