Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Harold Appleyard

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,380 tons
Completed1924 - W. Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool 
OwnerF.C. Strick & Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack18 Mar 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-105 (Georg Schewe)
Position16° 27'N, 21° 15'W - Grid EJ 3852
Complement39 (39 dead - no survivors)
ConvoySL-68 (straggler)
RoutePepel (7 Mar) - Freetown (13 Mar) - Middlesbrough 
Cargo6450 tons of iron ore 
History Completed in June 1924 
Notes on event

At 04.18 hours on 18 March 1941 the unescorted Medjerda (Master Charles Edward Banks), a straggler from convoy SL-68, was hit on the starboard side underneath the bridge by one G7e torpedo from U-105 and sank immediately after breaking in two within 30 seconds about 90 miles east of the Cape Verde Islands. The master, 34 crew members and four gunners were lost.

On boardWe have details of 39 people who were on board

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