Ships hit by U-boats

Cap Padaran

British Troop transport

NameCap Padaran
Type:Troop transport
Tonnage8,009 tons
Completed1922 - Ateliers & Chantiers de la Loire, Nantes 
OwnerEllerman Lines Ltd, London 
Date of attack9 Dec 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-596 (Victor-Wilhelm Nonn)
Position39° 15'N, 17° 30'E - Grid CK 7445
Complement197 (5 dead and 192 survivors).
RouteTaranto (8 Dec) - Augusta 
History Completed in November 1922 as steam merchant D’Iberville for Co Française de Navigation à Vapeur Chargeurs Réunis, Paris. 1925 converted to the steam passenger ship Cap Padaran. On 2 Nov 1941, the Vichy French Cap Padaran, en route from Marseilles to Indochina, was captured by HMS Carthage (F 99) (Capt B.O. Bell-Slater) south of Durban and brought to Port Elizabeth on 7 November. The vessel was taken over by the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) and used as troopship. 
Notes on event

At 13.17 hours on 9 Dec 1943 the Cap Padaran (Master Edward Garner) in convoy HA-11 was torpedoed and damaged by U-596 northeast of Cape Spartivento, Italy. The vessel was taken in tow, but the line parted and she sank after her back broke. Five crew members were lost. The master, 180 crew members and eleven gunners were picked up by the British armed trawler HMS Sheppey (T 292) (SubLt B.F. Wimbush) and landed at Augusta, Sicily.

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