Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage6,551 tons
Completed1921 - W. Gray & Co (1918) Ltd, Sunderland 
OwnerBritish India Steam Navigation Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack30 Apr 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-515 (Werner Henke)
Position7° 19'N, 13° 50'W - Grid ET 6278
Complement113 (2 dead and 111 survivors).
RouteCalcutta - Cochin - Takoradi (26 Apr) - Freetown - UK 
Cargo8000 tons of general cargo, including 2750 tons of pig iron, jute, oil seeds, mica and tea 
Notes on event

At 22.56 hours on 30 April 1943, U-515 fired two stern torpedoes at convoy TS-37 about 130 miles southwest of Freetown and observed hits after 58 and 59 seconds. The first ship was seen sinking fast and another broke in two after being hit under the bridge. At 22.57 hours, one torpedo was fired, which struck a freighter amidships after 52 seconds. A fourth torpedo fired one minute later struck another freighter amidships, which exploded. At 22.59 hours, a fifth torpedo was fired and struck after 1 minute a ship, which immediately sank. A sixth torpedo fired at 23.01 hours hit a freighter after 1 minute 30 seconds, but the sinking could not be observed. Henke claimed five ships of 31.000 tons sunk and another of 6000 tons probably sunk. However, only four ships were hit and sunk, the Corabella, Bandar Shahpour, Kota Tjandi and Nagina.

Two crew members from the Nagina (Master Walter Bird) were lost. The master, 100 crew members and ten gunners were picked up by the British A/S trawler HMS Birdlip (T 218) (Lt E.N. Groom) and landed at Freetown.

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