Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,984 tons
Completed1937 - J. Readhead & Sons Ltd, South Shields 
OwnerAndrew Weir & Co, London 
Date of attack8 Mar 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-124 (Georg-Wilhelm Schulz)
Position20° 51'N, 20° 32'W - Grid DT 9352
Complement66 (4 dead and 62 survivors).
RouteKakinada - Durban - Freetown - Oban 
Cargo6456 tons of groundnuts, 997 tons of groundnut cake and 743 tons of manganese ingots 
Notes on event

Between 05.47 and 06.08 hours on 8 March 1941,U-124 fired six single torpedoes at convoy SL-67 north of the Cape Verde Islands and observed four ships going down. Schulz reported five ships with about 33.000 tons sunk and another ship damaged. In fact four ships were sunk in the attack, the Nardana, Hindpool, Tielbank and Lahore.

Four crew members from the Tielbank (Master William Broome) were lost. The master, 59 crew members and two gunners were picked up by HMS Forester (H 74) (LtCdr E.B. Tancock, DSC) and landed at Gibraltar on 16 March.

On boardWe have details of 6 people who were on board

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