Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,970 tons
Completed1940 - William Pickersgill & Sons Ltd, Sunderland 
OwnerJ.A. Billmeir & Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack2 Oct 1943Nationality:      British
FateA total loss by U-223 (Karl-Jürg Wächter)
Position36° 41'N, 1° 10'E - Grid CH 8269
Complement59 (0 dead and 59 survivors).
RouteMiddlesbrough - Sicily 
Cargo2500 tons of goverment stores, including explosives and 207 bags of mail 
Notes on event

Between 01.01 and 01.05 hours on 2 Oct 1943, U-223 fired torpedoes and Gnats at merchants and escorts of convoy KMS-27 near Cape Ivi, Algeria and heard five detonations. Wächter reported two steamers and two destroyers damaged. However, only the Stanmore (Master Howard Cecil Lewis Phillips) was hit and badly damaged. The ship was first taken in tow by HMS Filla (T 212) (Lt J.B. Hornby), which also rescued the master, 41 crew members and 17 gunners and landed them in Algiers. Later taken in tow by HMS Charon (W 109) and HMS Salvonia (W 43) (Lt G.M.H. Robinson) and beached at Cape Tenes, Algeria on 3 October. After the cargo of mail was recovered, the wreck broke in two and was declared a total loss.

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