Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,922 tons
Completed1935 - William Hamilton & Co Ltd, Port Glasgow 
OwnerUnited Africa Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack5 Aug 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-74 (Eitel-Friedrich Kentrat)
Position53° 26'N, 15° 40'W - Grid AM 7156
Complement60 (1 dead and 59 survivors).
RouteLagos - Freetown (15 Jul) - London 
Cargo7000 tons of general cargo 
History Completed in October 1935 
Notes on event

At 05.40 hours on 5 Aug 1941, U-74 fired a spread of two torpedoes at convoy SL-81 west of Ireland and three single torpedoes at 05.41 and 05.42 hours. The U-boat observed a hit amidships with the second torpedo and heard three detonations after the boat had to dive. Kentrat reported one ship sunk and three others damaged, however, only the Kumasian (Master William Edward Pelisser) was hit and sunk. One crew member was lost. The master, 43 crew members, six gunners and nine passengers were picked up by HMS La Malouine (K 46) (T/Lt V.D.H. Bidwell, RNR) and landed at Liverpool.

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