Ships hit by U-boats


British Motor passenger ship

Photo courtesy of the Allen Collection

Type:Motor passenger ship
Tonnage9,337 tons
Completed1926 - Harland & Wolff Ltd, Belfast 
OwnerElder Dempster Lines Ltd, Liverpool 
Date of attack26 Jul 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-34 (Wilhelm Rollmann)
Position55° 40'N, 16° 28'W - Grid AL 6394
Complement489 (24 dead and 465 survivors).
RouteLiverpool (23 Jul) - Freetown - West African ports 
Cargo1700 tons of general cargo 
History Completed in August 1926 
Notes on event

At 14.47 hours on 26 July 1940, U-34 fired a spread of three torpedoes at ships in convoy OB-188 about 320 miles west of Bloody Foreland and hit two ships with one torpedo each, the Accra and Vinemoor.

The Accra (Master John Joseph Smith) sank after one hour and 15 minutes. Four crew members and one passenger were lost. Eight crew members and eleven passengers drowned when a motorboat capsized in choppy seas. The master, 153 crew members and 311 passengers were rescued: 215 survivors were picked up by Hollinside, 126 survivors by the Norwegian steam merchant Loke, 27 crew members and 52 passengers by HMS Enchantress (L 56) (Cdr A.K. Scott-Moncrieff, RN) and 45 survivors by HMS Clarkia (K 88) (LtCdr F.J.G. Jones, RNR). The warships landed the survivors at Liverpool.

On boardWe have details of 19 people who were on board

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