Ships hit by U-boats

City of Cardiff

British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of the Allen Collection

NameCity of Cardiff
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,661 tons
Completed1918 - Craig, Taylor & Co Ltd, Stockton-on-Tees 
OwnerEllerman Lines Ltd, London 
Date of attack28 Aug 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-566 (Gerhard Remus)
Position40° 20'N, 16° 02'W - Grid CF 6315
Complement84 (21 dead and 63 survivors).
RouteBeira - Freetown (14 Aug) - Manchester 
Cargo7500 tons of general cargo, including copper 
History Completed in January 1918 as Langton Hall, renamed City of Cardiff in 1927. 
Notes on event

At 19.08 hours on 28 August 1942, U-566 fired a spread of three torpedoes at convoy SL-119 west-northwest of Lisbon, heard three detonations and sinking noises and claimed two steamers sunk. The ships hit were Zuiderkerk and City of Cardiff.

The City of Cardiff (Master Robert Leonard Stewart) remained afloat, but foundered two days later. 19 crew members and two gunners were lost. The master, 57 crew members and five gunners were picked up by HMS Rochester (L 50) (Cdr C.B. Allen, RN) and landed at Londonderry.

On boardWe have details of 23 people who were on board

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