Ships hit by U-boats

Roxburgh Castle

British Motor merchant

Photo courtesy of Allan C. Green Collection

NameRoxburgh Castle
Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage7,801 tons
Completed1937 - Harland & Wolff Ltd, Belfast 
OwnerUnion-Castle Mail SS Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack22 Feb 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-107 (Harald Gelhaus)
Position38° 12'N, 26° 22'W - Grid CE 6837
Complement64 (0 dead and 64 survivors).
RouteGlasgow - Buenos Aires 
Cargo1030 tons of chemicals and mail 
History Completed in June 1937 
Notes on event

At 08.28 hours on 22 Feb 1943 the unescorted Roxburgh Castle (Master George Henry Mayhew) was hit by one of three torpedoes from U-107 after being chased for five hours between the islands of Terceira and Saõ Miguel in the Azores. She sank by the bow after a coup de grâce hit at 09.12 hours. The survivors were questioned by the Germans before they left the area. The master, 55 crew members and eight gunners landed at Ponta Delgada, Azores and were taken to Lisbon by the Portuguese steam passenger ship Serpa Pino.

On boardWe have details of 1 people who were on board

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