British Steam merchant
|Completed||1919 - Irvine’s Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co Ltd, Middleton Shipyard, West Hartlepool|
|Owner||Ben Line Steamers (William Thomson & Co), Leith|
|Date of attack||8 Nov 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Damaged by U-161 (Albrecht Achilles)|
|Position||4° 19'N, 2° 44'W - Grid EV 7278|
|Complement||59 (7 dead and 52 survivors).|
|Route||Freetown - Takoradi|
|History||Laid down as War Crow for The Shipping Controller, completed in December 1919 as Badagry for British & African Steam Navigation Co Ltd (Elder Dempster & Co), Liverpool. 1920 transferred to Imperial Direct Line Ltd (Elder Dempster & Co), Liverpool. 1934 renamed Tower Bridge for Tower SS Co Ltd, London. 1935 renamed Benalder for Ben Line Steamers, Leith.|
1947 sold to India and renamed Jaybrahma for New Dholera SS Co Ltd, Bombay. 1955 renamed Sigma Trader for Sigma Shipping Co Ltd (Mollers Ltd), Hong Kong. Broken up at Hong Kong in March 1958.
|Notes on event|
At 23.47 hours on 8 Nov 1942, U-161 fired four bow torpedoes at convoy ST-40 about 60 miles southwest of Takoradi and heard hits after 4 minutes 30 seconds and 4 minutes 55 seconds. The first torpedo sank the West Humhaw and the second damaged the Benalder, which stopped and was then hit from a distance of about 5000 meters by a stern torpedo fired at 00.12 hours. The ship was towed into Takoradi the next day, unloaded and after temporary repairs continued to Capetown, where she was repaired and returned to service in August 1944.
|On board||We have details of 7 people who were on board.|
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