Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of the Allen Collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage6,004 tons
Completed1930 - Cammell Laird & Co Ltd, Birkenhead 
OwnerT. & J. Harrison, Liverpool 
Date of attack7 Aug 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-371 (Waldemar Mehl)
Position37° 15'N, 7° 21'E - Grid CJ 77
Complement83 (7 dead and 76 survivors).
RouteGlasgow - Gibraltar (4 Aug) - Bombay - Trincomalee - Calcutta 
Cargo6110 tons of general cargo, including 3500 tons of government stores and mail 
History Completed in July 1930 
Notes on event

At 15.42 hours on 7 August 1943 the Contractor (Master Andrew Brims) in convoy GTX-5 was torpedoed and sunk by U-371 about 75 miles southwest of Sardinia. The master and four crew members were lost. 67 crew members and eleven gunners were picked up by HMS BYMS-2011 (J 811) (T/Lt L. Hutchinson, RNR), HMS BYMS-2014 (J 814) (T/Lt E.D.J. Cox, RNR), HMS BYMS-2024 (J 824) (T/Skr A.H.V. Winfield, RNR) and HMS BYMS-2209 (J 1009) (T/Lt P.P. Shorter, RNR) and landed at Malta, where two injured crew members later died of wounds.

On boardWe have details of 7 people who were on board

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