Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage6,303 tons
Completed1928 - Harland & Wolff Ltd, Greenock 
OwnerJames Nourse Ltd, London 
Date of attack27 Aug 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-557 (Ottokar Arnold Paulssen)
Position53° 36'N, 16° 40'W - Grid AM 4774
Complement82 (59 dead and 23 survivors).
RouteLondon - Freetown - Calcutta 
CargoGeneral cargo and 28 aircraft 
History Completed in March 1928 
Notes on event

Between 01.25 and 01.43 hours on 27 Aug 1941, U-557 fired four single torpedoes at convoy OS-4 west of Ireland and reported three ships sunk and another damaged which was hit after the torpedo had missed the intended target. In fact, only Segundo and Saugor were hit and sunk.

52 crew members and seven gunners from the Saugor (Master James Arthur Aitken Steel) were lost. The master and 22 survivors were picked up by the British rescue ship Perth (Master Keith Williamson, OBE) and landed at Greenock the next day.

On boardWe have details of 58 people who were on board

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