British Steam merchant
|Completed||1929 - Northumberland Shipbuilding Co (1927) Ltd, Howden-on-Tyne|
|Owner||United Africa Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||1 Apr 1944||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-852 (Heinz-Wilhelm Eck)|
|Position||34° 25'S, 18° 19'E - Grid GR 5699|
|Complement||51 (2 dead and 49 survivors).|
|Route||New York (6 Feb) - Trinidad - Capetown|
|Cargo||5198 tons of general cargo, including 17 aircraft and mail|
|History||Completed in June 1929 as Greek Themoni for Kassos Steam Navigation Co Ltd (Pnevmaticos, Rethymnis, Yannaghas), Syra. 1933 sold to Britain and renamed Dahomian for United Africa Co Ltd, London. |
|Notes on event|
On 1 April 1944 the unescorted Dahomian (Master William Logan Taylor) was torpedoed and sunk by U-852 ten miles west-southwest of Cape Point, South Africa. Two crew members were lost. The master, 41 crew members and seven gunners were picked up by the South African armed whalers HMSAS Krugersdorp (T 48) and HMSAS Natalia (T 02) and landed at Simonstown.
|On board||We have details of 3 people who were on board.|
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