Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Dr. Paul Bois collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,278 tons
Completed1930 - Northumberland Shipbuilding Co (1927) Ltd, Howden-on-Tyne 
OwnerH. Hogarth & Sons Ltd, Glasgow 
Date of attack6 May 1944Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-129 (Richard von Harpe)
Position10° 55'S, 27° 30'W - Grid FK 6758
Complement53 (6 dead and 47 survivors).
ConvoyTJ-30 (dispersed)
RouteNew York - Trinidad - Capetown - Port Elizabeth 
Cargo7791 tons of general cargo and government stores, including oil in drums 
History Completed in April 1930 as British Redsea for Sea SS Co Ltd (Brown, Atkinson & Co), Hull. 1938 sold to France and renamed Anadyr for Cie des Messageries Maritimes, Dunkirk. In June 1940 joined the Free French forces and was later that year taken over by Britain in Gibraltar and transferred to the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 
Notes on event

At 21.53 hours on 6 May 1944, U-129 fired a spread of three torpedoes at the Anadyr (Master J. Bouteiller), dispersed from convoy TJ-30 and hit her with one torpedo after 2 minutes 35 seconds about 600 miles south-southeast of Recife, Brazil. The U-boat had chased the vessel for about 8 hours and observed how she caught fire after being hit. The ship sank after being hit aft by a coup de grĂ¢ce at 22.00 hours. The Germans tried to question the survivors but could not understand them. Four crew members and two gunners were lost. The survivors made landfall at the Brazilian coast after 8 days: the master and seven survivors landed at Porto de Galhinas near Recife and 39 survivors landed 20 miles south of Recife.

On boardWe have details of 10 people who were on board

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