Ships hit by U-boats


Panamanian Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,397 tons
Completed1912 - Bartram & Sons Ltd, South Dock, Sunderland 
OwnerTuira SS Co Ltd (N.A. Kydoniefs, Athens), Panama 
Date of attack20 Aug 1940Nationality:      Panamanian
FateSunk by UA (Hans Cohausz)
Position54° 46'N, 20° 30'W - Grid AL 8723
Complement32 (2 dead and 30 survivors).
ConvoyOB-198 (dispersed)
RouteManchester - Rosario 
History Completed in June 1912 as British Orpheus for Orpheus Shipping Co Ltd (Jenneson Taylor & Co), Sunderland. 1917 renamed Craigwen for W. & C.T. Jones SS Co Ltd, Cardiff. 1920 renamed Bellfield for Keighley SS Co Ltd (J. Bell & Co), Hull. 1932 sold to Greece and renamed Andriotis for N.A. Kydoniefs, Andros. 1939 renamed Tuira and registered in Panama. 
Notes on event

At 00.27 hours on 20 Aug 1940 the unescorted Tuira, dispersed from convoy OB-198 on 18 August, was hit by a G7a torpedo from UA and sank after a boiler explosion within 8 minutes about 280 miles southwest of Rockall. The survivors were questioned by the Germans and they reportedly asked for the course to Norway because they did not want to go back to England. On 24 August, the 14 occupants of one lifeboat were picked up by HMS Bedouin (F 67) (Cdr J.A. McCoy, DSO, RN) in position 54°20N/17°22W and landed in Liverpool two days later. The chief officer and 15 survivors were picked up from another boat by HMS Periwinkle (K 55) (LtCdr H. Row, RNR), escorting convoy OA-202, in position 56°00N/14°10W on 25 August.


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