Ships hit by U-boats

City of Bath

British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of State Library of New South Wales

NameCity of Bath
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,079 tons
Completed1926 - W. Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool 
OwnerEllerman Lines Ltd, London 
Date of attack2 Dec 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-508 (Georg Staats)
Position9° 29'N, 59° 35'W - Grid EO 1276
Complement83 (3 dead and 80 survivors).
RouteMombasa - Pernambuco (23 Nov) - Trinidad - UK 
Cargo6800 tons general, including 2000 tons of copper ingots, 500 tons of magnesite ore, 500 tons of chrome ore and mail 
History Completed in June 1926 
Notes on event

At 01.43 hours on 2 Dec 1942 the unescorted City of Bath (Master Thomas Victor Birkett) was torpedoed and sunk by U-508 northwest of Georgetown, British Guiana. Three crew members were lost. The master and 27 survivors landed at Palo Seco, Trinidad on 5 December. 52 survivors were picked up on 3 December by the British steam merchant City of Dunkirk and landed at Trinidad.

On boardWe have details of 11 people who were on board

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