Ships hit by U-boats

Niceto de Larrinaga

British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Stuart Smith

NameNiceto de Larrinaga
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,591 tons
Completed1916 - Russell & Co, Port Glasgow 
OwnerLarrinaga & Co Ltd, Liverpool 
Date of attack22 Sep 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-103 (Werner Winter)
Position27° 32'N, 24° 26'W - Grid DG 9922
Complement51 (3 dead and 48 survivors).
RouteLagos - Freetown (14 Sep) - London 
Cargo3866 tons palm kernels, 2000 tons manganese ore, 2482 tons groundnuts and 622 tons general cargo 
History Completed in August 1916 
Notes on event

At 23.46 hours on 22 September 1941, U-103 fired four bow torpedoes at convoy SL-87 southwest of the Canary Islands, turned around and fired two stern torpedoes at 23.47 hours. They observed a ship capsizing after a small explosion and two other ships going down by their sterns after two further explosions. The fourth torpedo was a shallow hit causing a large column of water and the fifth exploded with a blue-green flash. Winter thought that four ships were sunk and another damaged. However, the Edward Blyden and Niceto de Larrinaga were each hit by two torpedoes.

One passenger (DBS) from the Niceto de Larrinaga (Master Frederick Moulton Milnes) was lost. The master, 41 crew members, five gunners and three passengers (DBS) were rescued, but one crew member and one gunner died of injuries. Eleven survivors were picked up by HMS Gardenia (K 99) (LtCdr H. Hill, RNR) and landed at the Azores. The remaining survivors were picked up by HMS Lulworth (Y 60) (LtCdr C. Gwinner, RN) and landed at Londonderry on 4 October.

On boardWe have details of 4 people who were on board

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