British Motor merchant
|Completed||1939 - Scottīs Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Greenock|
|Owner||Elder Dempster Lines Ltd, Liverpool|
|Date of attack||31 May 1941||Nationality: British|
|Fate||A total loss by U-69 (Jost Metzler)|
|Position||05.33N, 00.13W - Grid EV 5760|
|Complement||? men (1 dead and ? survivors).|
|Route||Liverpool - Accra - Lagos|
|History||Completed in June 1939|
Elder Dempster re-purchased the wreck of the Sangara and towed her back to Lagos where a berth had been prepared just above Wilmot Point. The engines were overhauled, all woodwork fittings were renewed and the torpedo damage repaired.
In 1946, the Sanagara (Master John J. Smith) was towed from Lagos to the Middle Docks, South Shields by the tug Seaman. At a speed of 2.5 knots they were underway for 62 days. After permanent repairs the ship returned to service in 1947. On 14 Sep, 1960, she was sold to British Iron & Steel Corporation and arrived three days later at Preston to be broken up.
|Notes on loss|
At 00.25 hours on 31 May, 1941, U-69 fired one torpedo at the Sangara (Master S. Themens) lying at anchor in the roads of Accra harbour (arrived on 30 May). She sank by the stern in 33 feet of water with her bow still visible above the water. The master was the only casualty.
At 21.10 hours on 12 Aug, 1941, the Italian submarine Enrico Tazzoli (Capitan-Fregatta Carlo Fecia di Cossato) fired a torpedo at the bow of Sangara but missed.
On 1 Apr, 1943, the wreck of Sangara was sold to two locally based engineers for the sum of 500 pounds stirling, was refloated and towed to Lagos roads, but it was not clear what should happen with her and she was then towed to Douala at the mouth of the Cameroon River where the cargo was salvaged and sold.
|Crewlists||We have listing of 2 people who were on this vessel|
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