Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,454 tons
Completed1942 - Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow 
OwnerAsiatic Steam Navigation Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack6 Jul 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-453 (Egon Reiner Freiherr von Schlippenbach)
Position33° 01'N, 21° 32'E - Grid CO 5721
Complement328 (1 dead and 327 survivors).
RouteAlexandria (3 Jul) - Sicily 
Cargo230 troops and 2000 tons of military stores, including trucks and invasion barges 
Notes on event

At 10.05 hours on 6 July 1943 the Shahjehan (Master Bertram E. Brewin) in convoy MWS-36 was torpedoed and damaged by U-453 northeast of Benghazi, Cyrenaica. The ship was taken in tow but sank the next day in 32°55N/21°10E. One service personnel was lost. The master, 77 crew members, 20 gunners and 229 troops (military, naval and RAF personnel) were picked up by HMS St. Monance (W 63) (Skipper J. Inglish) and the British river gunboat HMS Aphis (T 57) (LtCdr F.Y. Bethell) and landed at Benghazi.

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