Ships hit by U-boats

City of Manila

British Steam merchant

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NameCity of Manila
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage7,452 tons
Completed1916 - W. Gray & Co, West Hartlepool 
OwnerEllerman Lines Ltd, London 
Date of attack19 Aug 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-406 (Horst Dieterichs)
Position43° 21'N, 18° 20'W - Grid BE 8977
Complement96 (1 dead and 95 survivors).
RouteBombay - Cochin - Capetown - Freetown (4 Aug) - Glasgow 
Cargo10,000 tons of general cargo, including pig iron and groundnuts 
History Completed in June 1916 
Notes on event

At 16.22 hours on 19 Aug 1942 the City of Manila (Master Alfred Sutton Reay) in convoy SL-118 was torpedoed by U-406 west of Cape Finisterre and abandoned. The next day, the vessel was reboarded by a part of her crew. Later the ship broke in two, was again abandoned and sank. One crew member was lost. The master, 83 crew members and eleven gunners were rescued. 46 survivors were picked up by the British steam merchant Empire Voice and landed at Loch Ewe. 49 survivors were rescued by HMS Gorleston (Y 92) (Cdr R.W. Keymer, RN) and landed at Londonderry.

On boardWe have details of 2 people who were on board

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