Ships hit by U-boats


Palestinian Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage558 tons
Completed1883 - Gebrüder Howaldt, Kiel 
OwnerOrient Coast Line, Haifa 
Date of attack3 Sep 1942Nationality:      Palestinian
FateSunk by U-375 (Jürgen Koenenkamp)
Position34° 48'N, 35° 54'E - Grid CP 3785
Complement? men (0 dead and ? survivors).
RouteLatakia, Syria - Tripoli, Syria 
CargoWar material 
History Completed as German Ferdinand for Sartori & Howaldt, Kiel. Later renamed Nordsee for Ostsee DG, Stettin. 1927 sold to Greece and renamed Volos for G. Tshalidi. 1928 sold to Czechoslovakia and renamed Duben for Leo Glass, Prague. 1932 sold to Estonia and renamed Pohjarand for O. Kalandus, Tallinn. 1938 sold to Palestina and renamed Arnon for Orient Coast Line, Haifa.

On 25 Jul 1940, the Arnon was bombed and damaged by Italian aircraft at Alexandria. 
Notes on event

On 3 September 1942 U-375 sighted a single sailing vessel and shortly thereafter a small southbound convoy of two sailing vessels and the small steamer Arnon about five miles north of Tartus, Syria. At 13.42 hours, the first sailing vessel of about 80 tons was sunk with ten rounds from the deck gun and a second of about 80 tons was sunk with seven rounds at 14.55 hours. The steamer and the remaining sailing vessel grounded themselves at the nearby coast and the U-boat hit the Arnon with a stern torpedo at 15.04 hours, blowing off the stern. The grounded sailing vessel of about 100 tons was destroyed with 15 rounds at 15.35 hours.

Only one of the sailing vessels could be identified from Allied sources, the Miriam. It is possible that Turkian, which is reported by Allied sources as being sunk on 6 September was sunk in this attack by U-375.


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