Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,113 tons
Completed1927 - R. Duncan & Co Ltd, Port Glasgow 
OwnerF. Bolton & Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack31 Oct 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-504 (Hans-Georg Friedrich Poske)
Position30° 02'S, 35° 02'E - Grid KP 9843
Complement47 (47 dead - no survivors)
RouteNew York - Durban - Karachi, India 
CargoMilitary stores 
History Completed in February 1927 
Notes on event

At 17.18 hours on 31 Oct 1942 the unescorted Reynolds (Master Roderick David McLeod) was hit by two torpedoes from U-504 about 210 miles east of Durban. She was hit amidships and in the stern, capsized and sank within seconds. The Germans questioned the few survivors and they told them that the ship was the Reynolds en route from Durban to India with general cargo. However, no survivors were ever found and it was first assumed that the ship had been sunk by a raider in about 29°S/41°E. The master, 39 crew members and seven gunners were lost.

On boardWe have details of 47 people who were on board

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