British Steam merchant
|Type:||Steam merchant (Liberty)|
|Completed||1943 - California Shipbuilding Corp, Los Angeles CA|
|Owner||Alfred Holt & Co, Liverpool|
|Date of attack||24 Jul 1944||Nationality: British|
|Fate||A total loss by U-309 (Hans-Gert Mahrholz)|
|Position||50.14N, 00.47W - Grid BF 3532|
|Complement||70 (0 dead and 70 survivors).|
|Route||Juno Beach, Normandy - Southend|
|History||Launched as American Henry M. Stanley, lease lend to Britain and completed in September 1943 as Samneva for the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). |
|Notes on event|
At 21.00 hours on 24 Jul, 1944, U-309 fired three LUT torpedoes at the convoy FTM-47 in the English Channel, heard detonations after 5 minutes 35 seconds and 8 minutes 40 seconds and sinking noises and claimed the sinking of two ships of 14.000 tons. However, only the Samneva was hit and beached at Southampton but broke in two and was declared a total loss. The stern section was salved in 1947, towed to Briton Ferry and broken up. The forepart was scrapped in situ.
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