Ships hit by U-boats

Avelona Star

British Steam merchant

NameAvelona Star
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage13,376 tons
Completed1927 - John Brown & Co Ltd, Clydebank 
OwnerBlue Star Line Ltd, London 
Date of attack30 Jun 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-43 (Wilhelm Ambrosius)
Position46° 46'N, 12° 17'W - Grid BE 6663
Complement85 (1 dead and 84 survivors).
RouteBuenos Aires - Freetown (15 Jun) - London 
Cargo5630 tons of frozen meat and 1000 tons of oranges 
History Completed in May 1927 as steam passenger ship Avelona 1929 renamed Avelona Star and converted to steam merchant in 1931. 
Notes on event

At 22.27 hours on 30 June 1940 the Avelona Star (Master George Hernest Hopper) in convoy SL-36 was hit by one torpedo from U-43 and was abandoned 220 miles northwest of Cape Finisterre. The vessel foundered the next day in 46°59N/11°39W. One crew member was lost. The master and 83 crew members were picked up by the Beignon, which was herself sunk by U-30 (Lemp) on 1 July. Three survivors from the Avelona Star died. All survivors were picked up by HMS Vesper (D 55) (LtCdr W.E.F. Hussey, DSC, RN) and HMS Windsor (D 42) (LtCdr P.D.H.R. Pelly, RN) and landed at Plymouth.

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