British Motor tanker
|Completed||1931 - Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Wallsend, Sunderland|
|Owner||Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||31 Dec 1941||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-87 (Joachim Berger)|
|Position||59° 18'N, 12° 50'W - Grid AM 2574|
|Complement||60 (27 dead and 33 survivors).|
|Route||Curaçao - Shellhaven|
|Cargo||11,500 tons of motor spirit and white spirit|
|History||Completed in September 1931 |
|Notes on event|
At 19.54 hours on 31 December 1941 the unescorted Cardita (Master John Osmond Evans), a straggler from convoy HX-166, was torpedoed by U-87 110 miles 307° from St. Kilda. The vessel foundered in position 59°42N/11°58W on 3 January 1942. 27 crew members were lost. The master, 16 crew members and six gunners were picked up by HMS Onslow (G 17) (Capt H.T. Armstrong, DSC, RN) and ten crew members by HMS Sabre (H 18) (Lt P.W. Gretton, OBE, DSC, RN) and landed at Reykjavik, Iceland.
|On board||We have details of 30 people who were on board.|
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