Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage7,974 tons
Completed1919 - Barclay, Curle & Co, Whiteinch, Glasgow 
OwnerBritish India Steam Navigation Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack8 Mar 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-124 (Georg-Wilhelm Schulz)
Position20° 51'N, 20° 32'W - Grid DT 9352
Complement126 (19 dead and 107 survivors).
RouteBombay - Capetown - Freetown (1 Mar) - London 
Cargo5662 tons of general cargo, including linseed, palm kernels, pig iron and seeds 
History Launched as War Sybil, completed in September 1919 as Nardana. 1929 fitted out to carry 39 cadets. 
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.

19 crew members from the Nardana (Master Cyril Edward White) were lost. The master, 104 crew members and two gunners were picked up by HMS Faulknor (H 62) (Capt A.F. de Salis) and HMS Forester (H 74) (LtCdr E.B. Tancock DSC) and landed at Gibraltar on 16 March.

On boardWe have details of 20 people who were on board

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