Ships hit by U-boats

Malaya II

British Motor merchant

The Malaya II under her former name Malaya. Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

NameMalaya II
Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage8,651 tons
Completed1921 - Burmeister & Wain´s Maskin & Skibsbyggeri A/S, Copenhagen 
OwnerUnited Baltic Co, London 
Date of attack27 Jun 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-564 (Reinhard Suhren)
Position59° 56'N, 30° 35'W - Grid AK 2432
Complement49 (43 dead and 6 survivors).
RouteMontreal - Halifax (16 Jun) - Cardiff 
Cargo3698 tons of metal, 2143 tons of wheat and 413 tons of TNT 
History Completed in July 1921 as Malaya for A/S Det Østasiatiske Kompagni, Copenhagen. In July 1940 seized by Britain at Freetown and renamed Malaya II by the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 
Notes on event

At 01.55 hours on 27 June 1941, U-564 (Suhren) fired three single torpedoes in one minute intervals at convoy HX-133 east of Cape Farewell and observed three hits. The Maasdam and Malaya II were sunk and the Kongsgaard was damaged.

The Malaya II (Master Vilhelm Kragelund) in station #91 was hit by one torpedo in hold #2 and disintegrated when the cargo of dynamite exploded. The master, 38 crew members and four gunners were lost. Six crew members were picked up by HMCS Collingwood (K 180) (T/Lt W. Woods, RCNR) and landed at Reykjavik.

On boardWe have details of 42 people who were on board

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