Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage6,244 tons
Completed1941 - William Denny & Brothers Ltd, Dumbarton 
OwnerP. Henderson & Co, Glasgow 
Date of attack9 May 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-123 (Horst von Schroeter)
Position5° 21'N, 11° 03'W - Grid EU 4792
Complement71 (66 dead and 5 survivors).
ConvoyTS-38 (straggler)
RouteAlexandria - Takoradi - Freetown - UK 
CargoGeneral cargo, including 3500 tons of copper 
History Completed in November 1941 
Notes on event

At 00.55 hours on 9 May 1943 the unescorted Kanbe (Master John Frederick Thomas Burke), a straggler from convoy TS-38, was hit forward by two torpedoes from U-123 and sank by the bow within two minutes about 60 miles south-southwest of Monrovia. The sinking was observed by U-105 (Nissen) which also had chased the ship. The master, 63 crew members and two gunners were lost. Five Indian crew members were picked up by the Spanish steam merchant Rio Francoli about 15 hours after the sinking and landed at Santa Isabel, Fernando Po.

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