Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant (Liberty)
Tonnage7,219 tons
Completed1943 - California Shipbuilding Corp, Los Angeles CA 
OwnerAlfred Holt & Co, Liverpool 
Date of attack24 Jul 1944Nationality:      British
FateA total loss by U-309 (Hans-Gert Mahrholz)
Position50° 14'N, 0° 47'W - Grid BF 3532
Complement70 (0 dead and 70 survivors).
RouteJuno Beach, Normandy - Southend 
History Launched as American Henry M. Stanley, lease lend to Britain and completed in September 1943 as Samneva for the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 
Notes on event

At 21.00 hours on 24 July 1944, U-309 fired three LUT torpedoes at convoy FTM-47 in the English Channel, heard detonations after 5 minutes 35 seconds and 8 minutes 40 seconds and sinking noises and claimed the sinking of two ships of 14.000 tons. However, only the Samneva was hit and beached at Southampton but broke in two and was declared a total loss. The stern section was salved in 1947, towed to Briton Ferry and broken up. The forepart was scrapped in situ.


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