Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Paul Johnson Collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,416 tons
Completed1929 - J. Readhead & Sons Ltd, South Shields 
OwnerF.C. Strick & Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack23 Aug 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-506 (Erich W├╝rdemann)
Position5° 30'N, 15° 00'W - Grid ET 5973
Complement42 (42 dead - no survivors)
RouteRio de Janeiro (18 Aug) - Trinidad - Freetown - UK 
CargoManganese ore 
History Completed in August 1929 
Notes on event

At 23.37 hours on 23 August 1942 the unescorted Hamla (Master William Ashley Shute, OBE) was struck by two torpedoes from U-506 about 200 miles south-southwest of Freetown. W├╝rdemann observed how the vessel disappeared immediately after being hit under the bridge and the aft mast. The master, 37 crew members and four gunners were lost.

On boardWe have details of 42 people who were on board

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