Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Paul Johnson Collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,817 tons
Completed1928 - W. Gray & Co Ltd, Sunderland 
OwnerThe Hain Steamship Co Ltd, London 
HomeportSt. Ives 
Date of attack8 Aug 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-176 (Reiner Dierksen)
Position56° 30'N, 32° 14'W - Grid AK 0247
Complement56 (31 dead and 25 survivors).
RouteHampton Roads - Sydney, CB (31 Jul) - Manchester 
Cargo3000 tons of steel, 1000 tons of manufactured goods and 3000 tons of foodstuffs, including lard and cheese 
History Completed in January 1928 as Nohata for The Hain SS Co Ltd, London. 1936 renamed Trehata for the same owner. 
Notes on event

At 15.18 hours on 8 Aug 1942, U-176 fired two spreads each of two torpedoes at convoy SC-94 southeast of Cape Farewell and heard two hits after 1 minute 20 seconds and one hit each after 1 minute 34 seconds and 2 minutes 11 seconds, then sinking noises were heard. The victims were Trehata in station #51, Kelso in station #52 and the Mount Kassion in station #53.

The Trehata (Master John Lawrie, DSC with Bar, DSO) was the ship of convoy commodore Vice-Admiral D.F. Moir, DSO, RN. The master, the commodore, six naval staff members 19 crew members and four gunners were lost. 21 crew members and four gunners were picked up by the Norwegian steam merchant Inger Lise and landed at Preston.

On boardWe have details of 28 people who were on board

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