Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam tanker

Arletta under her former name Vanduara. Photo courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam tanker
Tonnage4,870 tons
Completed1925 - R. Duncan & Co Ltd, Port Glasgow 
OwnerSir James German & Co Ltd, Cardiff 
Date of attack5 Aug 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-458 (Kurt Diggins)
Position44° 44'N, 55° 22'W - Grid BB 8682
Complement39 (34 dead and 5 survivors).
ConvoyON-115 (straggler)
RouteGrangemouth - Loch Ewe (24 Jul) - Halifax 
History Completed in May 1925 as Vanduara for Vanduara SS Co Ltd (Gow, Harrison & Co), Glasgow. 1937 renamed Arletta for Sir James German & Co Ltd, Cardiff. 
Notes on event

At 16.13 hours on 5 August 1942 the unescorted Arletta (Master George William Stockton Rogers), a straggler from convoy ON-115, was torpedoed and sunk by U-458 south-southwest of Cape Race. The master, 27 crew members and six gunners were lost. The chief officer William M. Duncan and four crew members were rescued after 15 days adrift by the US Coast Guard weather ship USS Menemsha (AG 39) and landed at Boston on 25 August.

On boardWe have details of 39 people who were on board

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