Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,297 tons
Completed1918 - W. Gray & Co, West Hartlepool 
OwnerEllerman Lines Ltd, London 
Date of attack15 Sep 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-514 (Hans-J├╝rgen Auffermann)
Position11° 05'N, 60° 46'W - Grid ED 9952
Complement74 (21 dead and 53 survivors).
RouteDiego Suarez, Madagascar - Capetown (22 Aug) - Trinidad - Baltimore 
Cargo2000 tons of chrome ore 
History Completed in April 1918 
Notes on event

At 15.17 hours on 15 September 1942 the unescorted Kioto (Master Arthur Lloyd Beckett) was torpedoed by U-514 east of Tobago. The ship went aground at Columbus Point, Tobago, after being again torpedoed at 15.24 hours. At 01.32 hours on 16 September the U-boat fired 20 shells into the ship, which caught fire and completely burned out. 19 crew members and two gunners were lost. The master, 50 crew members and two gunners were rescued by the Trinidad government ship Trinidad and landed at Scarborough, Tobago.

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