Ships hit by U-boats

Napier Star

British Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

NameNapier Star
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage10,116 tons
Completed1927 - Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow 
OwnerBlue Star Line Ltd, London 
Date of attack18 Dec 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-100 (Joachim Schepke)
Position58° 58'N, 23° 13'W - Grid AL 1653
Complement85 (71 dead and 14 survivors).
RouteLiverpool - Panama - New Zealand 
Cargo8200 tons of general cargo 
History Launched as Raleighstar, completed as Napierstar 1929 renamed Napier Star 
Notes on event

At 20.20 hours on 18 Dec 1940 the unescorted Napier Star (Master William Walsh) was hit amidships by one of two torpedoes fired by U-100 321 miles 285° from Rockall. The U-boat had followed the ship since 10.43 hours. The ship sank by the stern after being hit by a coup de grâce at 20.49 hours. The master, 58 crew members and twelve passengers were lost. Nine crew members, one gunner and four passengers were picked up by the Vaalaren and landed at Liverpool on 23 December.

On boardWe have details of 71 people who were on board

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