Ships hit by U-boats

City of Melbourne

British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of the Allen Collection

NameCity of Melbourne
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage6,630 tons
Completed1919 - J.L. Thompson & Sons Ltd, North Sands, Sunderland 
OwnerEllerman Lines Ltd, London 
Date of attack13 May 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-156 (Werner Hartenstein)
Position15° 00'N, 54° 40'W - Grid EE 3797
Complement87 (1 dead and 86 survivors).
RouteBeira - Capetown (23 Apr) - New York 
Cargo4000 tons of general cargo 
History Laid down as War Ruby for The Shipping Controller, completed in June 1919 as City Of Melbourne for Ellerman Lines Ltd, London. 
Notes on event

At 22.05 hours on 13 May 1942 the unescorted City of Melbourne (Master Harry George Thorne Booth) was hit underneath the bridge by one G7e torpedo from U-156 west of Barbados. After one hour, the U-boat surfaced and fired 24 rounds from the deck gun into the foreship, which broke off and sank. The afterpart sank at 00.26 hours on 14 May, after being hit by 5 rounds. One crew member was lost. The master, 75 crew members and ten gunners landed at Barbados.

On boardWe have details of 87 people who were on board

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