Ships hit by U-boats

City of Wellington

British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Stuart Smith

NameCity of Wellington
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,733 tons
Completed1925 - Barclay, Curle & Co, Whiteinch, Glasgow 
OwnerEllerman Lines Ltd, London 
Date of attack21 Aug 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-506 (Erich W├╝rdemann)
Position7° 29'N, 14° 40'W - Grid ET 5328
Complement73 (7 dead and 66 survivors).
RouteLourenco Marques - Mossel Bay, South Africa (6 Aug) - Freetown - UK 
Cargo5000 tons of general cargo, 2000 tons of copper ore and 500 tons of chrome ore 
History Completed in November 1925 
Notes on event

At 22.43 hours on 21 August 1942 the unescorted City of Wellington (Master McDonald Martyn) was torpedoed and sunk by U-506 southwest of Freetown. Seven crew members were lost. The master, 60 crew members and five gunners were picked up by HMS Velox (D 34) (Lt G.B. Barstow, RN) and landed at Freetown on 22 August.

On boardWe have details of 9 people who were on board

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