Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of the Allen Collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,212 tons
Completed1920 - Earle’s Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Hull 
OwnerRoyal Mail Lines Ltd, London 
Date of attack7 Mar 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-506 (Erich Würdemann)
Position34° 30'S, 23° 10'E - Grid KY 6177
Complement58 (7 dead and 51 survivors).
RoutePort Said - Mombasa - Tamatave - Durban - Capetown - Rio de Janeiro 
Cargo1100 tons of salt ballast and 63 bags of mail 
History Laid down as War Whale for The Shipping Controller, completed in April 1920 as Sabor for Royal Mail Lines Ltd, London. 
Notes on event

At 03.09 hours on 7 March 1943 the unescorted Sabor (Master Peter Merrick Burrell) was torpedoed by U-506 southeast of Mossel Bay. The ship sank after being hit by a coup de grâce at 05.32 hours. Seven crew members were lost. The master, 41 crew members and nine gunners were picked up by the SAAF crash launch R-8 and landed at Mossel Bay.

On boardWe have details of 9 people who were on board

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