British Steam merchant
|Completed||1942 - Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow|
|Owner||Asiatic Steam Navigation Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||18 Aug 1944||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-862 (Heinrich Timm)|
|Position||15° 00'S, 42° 00'E - Grid KE 2342|
|Complement||91 (91 dead - no survivors)|
|Route||Durban (13 Aug) - Dar es Salaam, Tanganyika - Bombay|
|Cargo||General cargo, including ammunition|
|History||Completed in January 1942 |
|Notes on event|
On 18 August 1944 the unescorted Nairung (Master John Murray) was torpedoed and sunk by U-862 from a distance of roughly 1000 meters northeast of Mozambique. The master, 82 crew members and eight gunners were lost. The ship blew up in such a violent explosion that some crewmen aboard the U-boat thought that they had been struck by their own torpedo, while debris struck the U-boat without damaging her. Timm inspected the location of the sinking, but no survivors were found. The engineers recovered some copper wire from wreckage.
|On board||We have details of 91 people who were on board.|
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