Ships hit by U-boats

City of Singapore

British Steam merchant

City of Singapore at berth in Porth Adelaide, Australia (photo by Mr. Allan Green)

NameCity of Singapore
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage6,555 tons
Completed1923 - W. Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool 
OwnerEllerman Lines Ltd, London 
Date of attack1 May 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-515 (Werner Henke)
Position7° 55'N, 14° 16'W - Grid ET 6128
Complement97 (0 dead and 97 survivors).
RouteCalcutta - Takoradi (26 Apr) - Freetown - Liverpool 
Cargo9025 tons general cargo, including 2700 tons pig iron, jute, linseed and 2400 tons groundnuts and mail 
Notes on event

At 05.40 hours on 1 May 1943, U-515 attacked convoy TS-37 for a second time about 75 miles southwest of Freetown and fired three single torpedoes. The first hit the City of Singapore after 1 minute 8 seconds in the stern and the ship was observed to burn fiercely before she sank. The second torpedo hit the Mokambo after 1 minute 5 seconds and set her on fire. The third torpedo hit after 35 seconds the Clan Macpherson, which began to sink by the stern.

The master, 86 crew members and ten gunners from the City of Singapore (Master Alfred George Freeman) were picked up by HMS Arran (T 06) (Lt D.S. Sutton) and HMS Birdlip (T 218) (Lt E.N. Groom) and landed at Freetown the same day.

On boardWe have details of 1 people who were on board

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