British Steam merchant
|Completed||1927 - Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow|
|Owner||Blue Star Line Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||18 Dec 1940||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-100 (Joachim Schepke)|
|Position||58° 58'N, 23° 13'W - Grid AL 1653|
|Complement||85 (71 dead and 14 survivors).|
|Route||Liverpool - Panama - New Zealand|
|Cargo||8200 tons of general cargo|
|History||Launched as Raleighstar, completed as Napierstar 1929 renamed Napier Star |
|Notes on event|
At 20.20 hours on 18 Dec 1940 the unescorted Napier Star (Master William Walsh) was hit amidships by one of two torpedoes fired by U-100 321 miles 285° from Rockall. The U-boat had followed the ship since 10.43 hours. The ship sank by the stern after being hit by a coup de grâce at 20.49 hours. The master, 58 crew members and twelve passengers were lost. Nine crew members, one gunner and four passengers were picked up by the Vaalaren and landed at Liverpool on 23 December.
|On board||We have details of 71 people who were on board.|
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