Ships hit by U-boats


British Motor merchant

Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage7,506 tons
Completed1931 - Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Dundee 
OwnerAlfred Holt & Co, Liverpool 
Date of attack11 Mar 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-106 (J├╝rgen Oesten)
Position20° 41'N, 21° 00'W - Grid DT 9252
Complement74 (5 dead and 69 survivors).
RoutePort Pirie, South Australia (28 Jan) - Freetown - Avonmouth - Swansea 
Cargo7629 tons of general cargo, including 2697 tons of wheat and 3026 tons of zinc concentrates 
History Completed in January 1931 
Notes on event

At 15.46 hours on 11 March 1941 the unescorted Memnon (Master John Parry Williams) was hit by one torpedo from U-106 about 200 miles west of Cape Blanco, French West Africa and sank by the stern 15 minutes later following a second hit at 15.47 hours. Three crew members and two passengers (RAF personnel) were lost. The master and 21 survivors landed at Yoff near Dakar on 21 March and were detained by the Vichy French authorities, were later released and went to Bathurst. The remaining survivors landed at Bathurst on 24 March, one of these lifeboats with 24 survivors had been found by the German battleship Gneisenau, which took three passengers and one gunner as prisoners on board.

On boardWe have details of 9 people who were on board

Location of attack on Memnon.

ship sunk.

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