Ships hit by U-boats


Panamanian Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,592 tons
Completed1920 - Northumberland Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Howden-on-Tyne 
OwnerUS Maritime Commission, Washington DC 
Date of attack11 Nov 1941Nationality:      Panamanian
FateSunk by U-561 (Robert Bartels)
Position52° 50'N, 33° 20'W - Grid AK 8822
Complement26 (26 dead - no survivors)
ConvoySC-53 (straggler)
RouteNew York (29 Oct) - Sydney (4 Nov) - Hvalfjord - Archangel 
CargoGovernment stores and general cargo 
History Laid down as British War Bailey, completed in June 1920 as Norwegian Condor for Bjornstadt & Braekhus, Bergen. 1920 sold to Belgium and renamed Sierra Belgrano for Soc. Transoceanique de Transport (R. van Hemelryck & Co), Antwerp. 1923 renamed Montes for Cie. de Nav. Sud-Atlantique Belge, Antwerp. 1927 sold to Britain and renamed Hendonhall for West Hartlepool Steam Navigation Co Ltd, West Hartlepool. 1932 sold to Italy and renamed Dino for Società Anonima di Navigazione ´Corrado´, Genoa.
In August 1941 seized at Boston by the US government, renamed Meridian by the US Maritime Commission and registered in Panama. 
Notes on event

At 23.35 hours on 11 Nov 1941, U-561 fired a spread of four torpedoes at the Meridian, observed one hit in the bow and heard another detonation at 23.41 hours. The ship was a straggler from convoy SC-53 and was reported missing after being seen for the last time by HMCS Chambly (K 116) (A/Cdr J.D. Prentice, RCN) at 17.30 hours on 11 November.

On boardWe have details of 15 people who were on board

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