Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of the Allen Collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,082 tons
Completed1918 - Earle’s Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Hull 
OwnerEllerman & Papayanni Lines Ltd, Liverpool 
Date of attack17 Mar 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-106 (Jürgen Oesten)
Position14° 33'N, 21° 06'W - Grid EJ 3895
Complement42 (0 dead and 42 survivors).
RouteFreetown (13 Mar) - Oban 
Cargo3231 tons of cocoa 
History Completed in January 1918

At 15.33 hours on 20 Jun 1940, U-51 (Knorr) attacked the convoy HGF-34 southwest of Ireland and reported two explosions, but no other effects on the two ships. In fact, the Andalusian and the Otterpool were missed.
According to the xB-Dienst reports, the BdU assumed that there had been hits on the Fellside (Andalusian was misidentified) and the Otterpool, the latter was sunk by U-30 (Lemp) in the evening. 
Notes on event

At 21.07 hours on 17 March 1941, U-106 attacked the convoy SL-68 north of the Cape Verde Islands and reported three ships with 21.000 grt sunk and another with 7000 grt damaged. In fact, only two ships, the Andalusian and Tapanoeli were hit and sunk.

The master, 39 crew members and two gunners from the Andalusian (Master Harry Bourne McHugh) landed on Boavista, Cape Verde Islands. They were brought to Funchal by the Portuguese steam merchant Nyassa.

On boardWe have details of 1 people who were on board

Location of attack on Andalusian.

ship sunk.

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