Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of the Allen Collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage7,131 tons
Completed1921 - Scott´s Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Greenock 
OwnerDonaldson Brothers Ltd, Glasgow 
Date of attack30 Oct 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-203 (Hermann Kottmann)
Position33° 12'N, 18° 24'W - Grid DH 2549
Complement58 (8 dead and 50 survivors).
ConvoySL-125 (straggler)
RouteBuenos Aires - Freetown (16 Oct) - Glasgow 
Cargo5141 tons of frozen meat 
History Completed in February 1921 
Notes on event

At 22.16 hours on 29 Oct 1942 the Corinaldo in convoy SL-125 was hit by one torpedo from U-509 (Witte) in 33°20N/18°12W, dropped out of convoy and was abandoned.

At 02.07 hours the next day, U-659 (Stock) tried to sink the ship with two coups de grâce, but she remained afloat. At 04.16 hours on 30 October, the wreck was finally sunk by one coup de grâce and gunfire from U-203 north of the Canary Islands.

Seven crew members and one gunner from the Corinaldo (Master William Anderson) were lost. The master, 41 crew members and eight gunners were picked up by HMS Cowslip (K 196) (LtCdr F. Granger, RNR) and landed at Gibraltar.

On boardWe have details of 11 people who were on board

Attack entries for Corinaldo

DateU-boatCommanderLoss typeTonsNat.
29 Oct 1942U-509Oblt. Werner WitteDamaged7,131  
30 Oct 1942U-659Kptlt. Hans StockDamaged7,131  
30 Oct 1942U-203Oblt. Hermann KottmannSunk7,131  

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