Ships hit by U-boats

Arandora Star

British Steam passenger ship

NameArandora Star
Type:Steam passenger ship
Tonnage15,501 tons (one of the largest ships sunk).
Completed1927 - Cammell Laird & Co Ltd, Birkenhead 
OwnerBlue Star Line Ltd, London 
Date of attack2 Jul 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-47 (Günther Prien)
Position55° 20'N, 10° 33'W - Grid AM 5116
Complement1673 (805 dead and 868 survivors).
RouteLiverpool (30 Jun) - St. Johns 
Cargo1299 internees and prisoners-of-war 
History Completed in May 1927 as Arandora 1929 renamed Arandora Star and converted to a cruising ship. 
Notes on event

At 07.58 hours on 2 July 1940 the unescorted Arandora Star (Master Edgar Wallace Moulton) was hit by one torpedo from U-47 about 125 miles west by north of Malin Head, Co. Donegal and foundered later in 56°30N/10°38W. The ship had 479 German internees, 734 Italian internees, 86 German prisoners-of-war and 200 military guards on board. The master, 12 officers, 42 crewmen, 37 guards, 470 Italians and 243 Germans were lost. 119 crew members, 163 guards and 586 Italians and Germans were picked up by HMCS St. Laurent (H 83) (Cdr H.G. De Wolf, RCN) and landed at Greenock.

The master Edgar Wallace Moulton was posthumously awarded the Lloyd´s War Medal for bravery at sea.

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