Ships hit by U-boats


British Motor tanker

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Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage5,065 tons
Completed1936 - Howaldtswerke AG, Kiel 
OwnerUnited Africa Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack18 Nov 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-65 (Hans-Gerrit von Stockhausen)
Position8° 21'N, 16° 12'W - Grid ET 2821
Complement36 (1 dead and 35 survivors).
RouteLiverpool - Freetown 
History Completed in September 1936 
Notes on event

At 18.02 hours on 18 Nov 1940 the unescorted Congonian (Master George Washington Irvin) was hit in the engine room by one stern torpedo from U-65 west-southwest of Freetown and sank after being hit aft by a coup de grĂ¢ce at 18.12 hours. One crew member was lost. The master and 34 crew members were picked up by HMS Devonshire (39) (Capt R.D. Oliver, DSC, RN) and landed at Freetown on 29 November.

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