Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,277 tons
Completed1929 - Northumberland Shipbuilding Co (1927) Ltd, Howden-on-Tyne 
OwnerUnited Africa Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack1 Apr 1944Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-852 (Heinz-Wilhelm Eck)
Position34° 25'S, 18° 19'E - Grid GR 5699
Complement51 (2 dead and 49 survivors).
RouteNew York (6 Feb) - Trinidad - Capetown 
Cargo5198 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.

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