Ships hit by U-boats

Pacific Star

British Steam merchant

Pacific Star under her former name Otaki. Photo courtesy of State Library of New South Wales

NamePacific Star
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage7,951 tons
Completed1920 - Barclay, Curle & Co, Whiteinch, Glasgow 
OwnerBlue Star Line Ltd, London 
Date of attack27 Oct 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-509 (Werner Witte)
Position29° 15'N, 20° 57'W - Grid DH 7531
Complement96 (0 dead and 96 survivors).
RouteRosario - Freetown (16 Oct) - Liverpool 
Cargo5037 tons of frozen meat and general cargo 
History Launched as War Jupiter, completed in Februar 1920 as Otaki for New Zealand Shipping Co, Plymouth. 1934 sold to Clan Line Steamers (Cayzer Irving & Co), Glasgow and renamed Clan Roberston. 1938 sold to J.A. Billmeir & Co Ltd, London and renamed Stanfleet. 1939 sold to Blue Star Line Ltd, London and renamed Pacific Star
Notes on event

At 22.33 and 22.38 hours on 27 Oct 1942, U-509 fired torpedoes at convoy SL-125 northwest of the Canary Islands and hit the Pacific Star and Stentor.

The Pacific Star (Master Griffith Lawrence Evans) did not sink but the crew had to abandon her the next day in 29°21N/19°28W, she was last seen still afloat on 30 October. The master, 59 crew members and eleven gunners made landfall at Santa Cruz de la Palma, Canary Islands and were brought to Gibraltar by the Spanish tanker Campilo together with 25 crew members who landed at Tenerife and were brought to Santa Cruz de la Palma by the Spanish merchant Ciudad de Valencia.

The master Griffith Lawrence Evans was awarded the OBE.

On boardWe have details of 3 people who were on board

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