Ships hit by U-boats

Lady Nelson

Canadian Steam passenger ship

Photo courtesy of Tim Webb

NameLady Nelson
Type:Steam passenger ship
Tonnage7,970 tons
Completed1928 - Cammell Laird & Co Ltd, Birkenhead 
OwnerCanadian National Steamships Ltd, Montreal 
Date of attack10 Mar 1942Nationality:      Canadian
FateDamaged by U-161 (Albrecht Achilles)
Position14° 01'N, 61° 00'W - Grid ED 6913
Complement235 (25 dead and 210 survivors).
RoutePort Castries, St. Lucia - Georgetown 
CargoGeneral cargo and foodstuffs 
History Completed in October 1928. In October 1939 the Lady Nelson was requisitioned by the Royal Canadian Navy as ocean boarding vessel (OBV), but the conversion was not completed and the ship was returned to the owner.

1946 decommissioned as hospital ship and used as troop transport. In October 1946 returned to owner and resumed service until November 1952. 1953 sold to Egypt and renamed Gumhuryat Misr for Khedivial Mail Line, Alexandria. 1960 renamed Alwadi for same owner. 1968 broken up in Egypt. 
Notes on event

At 04.49 hours on 10 March 1942 U-161 fired two torpedoes into the harbour of Port Castries, St. Lucia. The first torpedo hit the Lady Nelson which caught fire and sank by the stern in shallow waters. The second torpedo struck the Umtata which also sank by the stern. However, both vessels were later salvaged and repaired.

Three crew members and 15 passengers of the 116 crew members, 110 passengers and two gunners aboard Lady Nelson and seven dock workers were lost. On 16 April the ship was salvaged, temporarily repaired and left for Mobile on 11 May. Later converted to a hospital ship for 518 patients and commissioned on 22 April 1943.

On boardWe have details of 10 people who were on board

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