Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam tanker

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam tanker
Tonnage4,275 tons
Completed1936 - Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Walker-on-Tyne 
OwnerUnited Africa Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack21 Mar 1944Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-66 (Gerhard Seehausen)
Position5° 07'N, 4° 47'E - Grid EW 4789
Complement47 (0 dead and 47 survivors).
RoutePort Harcourt - Lagos - UK 
Cargo5380 tons of palm oil 
History Completed in November 1936 
Notes on event

On 21 March 1944 the unescorted Matadian (Master Cyril Gordon Silwyn Shorter) was torpedoed and sunk by U-66 southeast of Lagos. The master, 38 crew members and eight gunners were picked up by the British motor launch HMS ML-282 (SubLt D.R. Pearson), transferred to the British motor launch HMS ML-1016 and landed at Lagos.

On boardWe have details of 1 people who were on board

Location of attack on Matadian.

ship sunk.

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