Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,730 tons
Completed1935 - Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow 
OwnerJ. & C. Harrison Ltd, London 
Date of attack7 Feb 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-614 (Wolfgang Sträter)
Position55° 14'N, 26° 37'W - Grid AK 6684
Complement54 (43 dead and 11 survivors).
RouteRio de Janeiro - Trinidad - New York - Halifax - Middlesbrough 
Cargo8500 tons of iron ore 
Notes on event

At 04.11 hours on 7 Feb 1943, U-614 fired a spread of three torpedoes at convoy SC-118 southeast of Cape Farewell and observed two detonations on the target and one on a ship beyond. However, the only ship hit was the Harmala (Master Harry Chessman Walker), which sank. The master, 31 crew members, ten gunners and one naval signalman were lost. Eleven crew members were picked up by FFL Lobelia (K 05) (Capt P. de Morsier) and landed at Greenock.

On boardWe have details of 40 people who were on board

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