Ships hit by U-boats

Bristol City

British Steam merchant

Bristol City at Canons Marsh Wharf in Bristol during March 1938. Photo courtesy of Robin Craig Collection.

NameBristol City
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,864 tons
Completed1920 - Charles Hill & Sons, Bristol 
OwnerCharles Hill & Sons, Bristol 
Date of attack5 May 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-358 (Rolf Manke)
Position54° 00'N, 43° 55'W - Grid AJ 6517
Complement44 (15 dead and 29 survivors).
RouteBristol - Milford Haven (21 Apr) - New York 
Cargo2500 tons of general cargo, including china clay 
History Completed in March 1920 
Notes on event

At 04.22 and 04.28 hours on 5 May 1943, U-358 fired torpedoes at convoy ONS-5 south of Cape Farewell and observed two ships sinking. In fact, the Bristol City sank after 20 minutes and the Wentworth remained afloat and sank later that morning.

Eleven crew members and four gunners from Bristol City (Master Arthur Llewellyn Webb) were lost. The master, 25 crew members and three gunners were picked up by HMS Loosestrife (K 105) (Lt H.A. Stonehouse, RNR) and landed at St. John’s, Newfoundland on 9 May.

On boardWe have details of 17 people who were on board

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