Ships hit by U-boats


Koranton

British Steam merchant



Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

NameKoranton
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage6,695 tons
Completed1920 - William Doxford & Sons Ltd, Sunderland 
OwnerR. Chapman & Son, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
HomeportNewcastle 
Date of attack27 Mar 1941Nationality:      British
 
FateSunk by U-98 (Robert Gysae)
Position58° 51'N, 22° 36'W - Grid AL 2518
Complement41 (41 dead - no survivors)
ConvoySC-25 (straggler)
RoutePhiladelphia - Sydney - Hull 
Cargo8769 tons of pig iron 
History Completed in April 1920 
Notes on event

At 13.50 hours on 27 March 1941 the unescorted Koranton (Master Charles Edward Howard), a straggler from station #54 in convoy SC-25, was hit by a stern torpedo from U-98 and sank immediately about 320 miles south of Reykjavik, Iceland. The U-boat had spotted the ship two hours earlier in bad weather and temporarily lost contact before carrying out a submerged attack. The Germans investigated the sinking position but only found a large field of debris. The master, 38 crew members and two gunners were lost.

 
On boardWe have details of 41 people who were on board

Location of attack on Koranton.

ship sunk.


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