Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,670 tons
Completed1936 - Ayrshire Dockyard Co Ltd, Irvine 
OwnerLambert Brothers Ltd, London 
Date of attack10 Mar 1943Nationality:      British
FateDamaged by U-229 (Robert Schetelig)
Position58° 48'N, 22° 00'W - Grid AL 2537
Complement47 (40 dead and 7 survivors).
RoutePhiladelphia (18 Feb) - New York - London 
CargoGeneral cargo 
History Completed in June 1936 as Coulmore for Dornoch Shipping Co Ltd (Lambert Brothers Ltd), Glasgow.

1948 renamed Avisford for Purvis Shipping Co Ltd (N.W. Purvis), London. 1950 renamed Stripa for P. Skjold. 1957 sold to Sweden and renamed Nautic for F.H. Andersson, Stockholm. 1966 renamed Saratoga for M. Starita. Broken up at Venice in January 1969. 
Notes on event

At 01.04 hours on 10 March 1943, U-229 fired a torpedo at convoy SC-121 south of Reykjavik, followed by a spread of two torpedoes at 01.05 hours and reported two ships sunk and another damaged. In fact, the torpedoes sank Nailsea Court and damaged Coulmore.

The Coulmore (Master Charles Brain Ashford) was abandoned by the crew after a torpedo hit in peak tanks on the port side, but one lifeboat was swept away empty and another swamped, drowning the occupants. Two survivors were picked up by HMCS Dauphin (K 157) (T/Lt M.H. Wallace, RCNR) and five more by USCGC Bibb (WPG 31), which located the abandoned vessel the next morning in 58°30N/19°31W. Tugs were sent out to salvage Coulmore and she was towed to the Clyde, arrving on 23 March. The ship was repaired and returned to service in July 1943.

On boardWe have details of 42 people who were on board

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