Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of State Library of New South Wales

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,376 tons
Completed1924 - Cammell Laird & Co Ltd, Birkenhead 
OwnerElders & Fyffes Ltd, London 
Date of attack3 Nov 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-99 (Otto Kretschmer)
Position53° 58'N, 14° 13'W - Grid AM 4875
Complement63 (9 dead and 54 survivors).
RouteVictoria, Cameroons (18 Oct) - Garston 
Cargo1500 tons of bananas 
History Completed in December 1924 
Notes on event

At 21.40 hours on 3 Nov 1940 the unescorted Casanare (Master John Allan Moore) was hit by one G7e torpedo from U-99 and sank later about 240 miles west-southwest of Bloody Foreland. Nine crew members were lost. The master and 53 crew members were picked up by HMS Beagle (H 30) (LtCdr R.H. Wright, RN) and landed at Greenock.

Her distress messages brought the armed merchant cruisers HMS Laurentic (F 51) and HMS Patroclus to the scene and the U-boat began a dramatic battle in which both ships were sunk.

On boardWe have details of 9 people who were on board

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