British Steam merchant
|Completed||1941 - William Denny & Brothers Ltd, Dumbarton|
|Owner||P. Henderson & Co, Glasgow|
|Date of attack||9 May 1943||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-123 (Horst von Schroeter)|
|Position||5° 21'N, 11° 03'W - Grid EU 4792|
|Complement||71 (66 dead and 5 survivors).|
|Route||Alexandria - Takoradi - Freetown - UK|
|Cargo||General 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.
|On board||We have details of 66 people who were on board.|
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