Ships hit by U-boats

Auckland Star

British Motor merchant

NameAuckland Star
Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage13,212 tons
Completed1939 - Harland & Wolff Ltd, Belfast 
OwnerBlue Star Line Ltd, London 
Date of attack28 Jul 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-99 (Otto Kretschmer)
Position52° 17'N, 12° 32'W - Grid AM 7676
Complement74 (0 dead and 74 survivors).
RouteTownsville (25 May), Australia - Panama - Liverpool 
Cargo10.700 tons of general cargo, including lead, steel, hides, refrigerated goods and wheat 
History Completed in November 1939 
Notes on event

At 05.57 hours on 28 July 1940 the unescorted Auckland Star (Master David Rattray MacFarlane) was hit in the stern by one torpedo from U-99 80 miles west-northwest of Valentia Island, Co. Kerry. The ship was hit by two G7e coups de grĂ¢ce at 06.33 and 07.11 hours and capsized and sank at 07.33 hours. The master and 54 crew members landed at Dingle, Co. Kerry and 19 crew members landed at Slyne Head near Clifden, Co. Galway.

On boardWe have details of 3 people who were on board

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