Ships hit by U-boats

Clan Macpherson

British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of State Library of New South Wales

NameClan Macpherson
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage6,940 tons
Completed1929 - Greenock Dockyard Co Ltd, Greenock 
OwnerThe Clan Line Steamers Ltd (Cayzer, Irvine & Co Ltd), London 
Date of attack1 May 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-515 (Werner Henke)
Position7° 58'N, 14° 14'W - Grid ET 6128
Complement140 (4 dead and 136 survivors).
RouteCalcutta - Durban - Takoradi (26 Apr) - Freetown - Trinidad - UK 
Cargo8440 tons of general cargo, including 2750 tons of pig iron, linseed, tea, jute, mica and groundnuts 
History Completed in May 1929 
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 Clan Macpherson (Master Edward Gough) foundered later in 08°04N/14°12W. Four crew members were lost. The master, 126 crew members, seven gunners and two naval signalmen were picked up by HMS Arran (T 06) (T/Lt D.S. Hutton, RNR) and landed at Freetown the same day.

On boardWe have details of 15 people who were on board

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