Ships hit by U-boats

City of Winchester

British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of State Library of New South Wales

NameCity of Winchester
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage7,120 tons
Completed1917 - Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd, Jarrow 
OwnerEllerman Lines Ltd, London 
Date of attack9 May 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-103 (Viktor Schütze)
Position8° 20'N, 26° 14'W - Grid ES 1951
Complement98 (6 dead and 92 survivors).
ConvoyOB-313 (dispersed)
RouteLondon - Capetown - Beira 
Cargo6500 tons of general cargo 
History Completed in October 1917 
Notes on event

At 23.09 hours on 9 May 1941 the unescorted City of Winchester (Master William Samuel Coughlan), dispersed on 28 April from convoy OB-313, was hit by one of two torpedoes from U-103 and sank after being hit amidships by a coup de grâce at 23.46 hours about 400 miles south-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands. Six crew members were lost. The master, 84 crew members and seven gunners were picked up by the Norwegian motor merchant Herma and landed at Takoradi.

On boardWe have details of 11 people who were on board

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