Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,244 tons
Completed1919 - J. Readhead & Sons Ltd, South Shields 
OwnerThe Hain Steamship Co Ltd, London 
HomeportSt. Ives 
Date of attack4 Nov 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-178 (Hans Ibbeken)
Position25° 46'S, 33° 48'E - Grid KP 5355
Complement50 (3 dead and 47 survivors).
RouteBombay - Mahe, Seychelles (27 Oct) - Durban - UK 
Cargo2500 tons of manganese ore, 1700 tons of nuts, 1650 tons of copra and general cargo 
History Launched as War Mallard, completed as Trekieve 
Notes on event

At 14.46 hours on 4 Nov 1942 the unescorted Trekieve (Master Edwin Aubrey Grant Jenkins) was torpedoed and sunk by U-178 east of Maputo in the Mozambique Channel. Three crew members were lost. The master, 38 crew members, six gunners and two passengers (DBS) made landfall at Inhaca Island, Portuguese East Africa.

On boardWe have details of 6 people who were on board

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