Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Baluchistan being hit by a torpedo

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage6,992 tons
Completed1940 - J. Readhead & Sons Ltd, South Shields 
OwnerF.C. Strick & Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack8 Mar 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-68 (Karl-Friedrich Merten)
Position4° 13'N, 8° 32'W - Grid EU 8196
Complement71 (3 dead and 68 survivors).
RouteBasrah - Capetown (25 Feb) - Freetown - UK 
Cargo8000 tons of general cargo, including dates 
History Completed in June 1940 
Notes on event At 12.41 hours on 8 March 1942 the unescorted Baluchistan (Master Thomas Huntly Farrar) was hit on starboard side amidships by one of two G7e torpedoes from U-68 about 30 miles southwest of Grand Cess, Liberia. At 13.28 and 14.09 hours, the vessel was hit by two further torpedoes and finally sunk by gunfire between 14.31 and 14.40 hours with 21 high explosive and 14 incendiary shells. Three crew members were lost. The master, 58 crew members, four gunners and five passengers landed near Cape Palmas, Liberia. 
On boardWe have details of 4 people who were on board

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