Ships hit by U-boats


British Motor merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage3,872 tons
Completed1921 - William Hamilton & Co Ltd, Port Glasgow 
OwnerAndrew Weir & Co, London 
Date of attack9 Mar 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-510 (Karl Neitzel)
Position7° 24'N, 52° 11'W - Grid EP 4168
Complement60 (29 dead and 31 survivors).
RouteAlexandria - Aden - Capetown - Bahia - Trinidad - Macoris, Cuba 
History Completed in September 1921 as Malia for T. & J. Brocklebank Ltd, Liverpool. 1927 renamed Daga for British & Burmese Steam Navigation Co (P.Henderson & Co), Glasgow. 1934 renamed Kelvinbank for Andrew Weir & Co, London. 
Notes on event

At 03.06, 03.07 and 03.10 hours on 9 March 1943, U-510 fired torpedoes at convoy BT-6 about 200 miles northeast of Paramaribo, Dutch Guiana and reported four ships sunk. In fact, Kelvinbank was sunk and George G. Meade, Tabitha Brown and Joseph Rodman Drake were damaged.

28 crew members and one gunner from the Kelvinbank (Master Robert Charles Loraine) were lost. The master, 23 crew members and seven gunners were picked up by the George G. Meade and landed at Paramaribo.

On boardWe have details of 31 people who were on board

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