Ships hit by U-boats


British Motor merchant

Photo from City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 447-1928

Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage10,218 tons
Completed1930 - Burmeister & Wain´s Maskin & Skibsbyggeri A/S, Copenhagen 
OwnerUnited Baltic Co, London 
Date of attack22 Apr 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-306 (Claus von Trotha)
Position57° 30'N, 42° 50'W - Grid AJ 2659
Complement140 (86 dead and 54 survivors).
ConvoyHX-234 (straggler)
RouteHalifax (14 Apr) - Liverpool 
Cargo8844 tons of general cargo, including metal, flour, meat and 200 bags of mail 
History Completed in January 1930 as Amerika for A/S Det Østasiatiske Kompagni, Copenhagen. In May 1940 taken over by Britain and transferred to the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 
Notes on event

At 01.54 hours on 22 April 1943 the unescorted Amerika (Master Christian Nielsen), a straggler from convoy HX-234, was torpedoed and sunk by U-306 south of Cape Farewell. 42 crew members, seven gunners and 37 passengers (RCAF personnel) were lost. The master, 29 crew members, eight gunners and 16 passengers were picked up by HMS Asphodel (K 56) (Lt H.P. Carse, DSC, RNVR) and landed at Greenock.

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