British Steam merchant
|Completed||1919 - J.L. Thompson & Sons Ltd, North Sands, Sunderland|
|Owner||Henry M. Thomson, London|
|Date of attack||13 Jul 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-201 (Adalbert Schnee)|
|Position||29° 00'N, 25° 00'W - Grid DG 9552|
|Complement||53 (7 dead and 46 survivors).|
|Route||Barry - Belfast Lough (2 Jul) - Montevideo|
|Cargo||8026 tons of coal|
|History||Launched as War Diamond, completed in September 1919 as Radnorshire for Royal Mail Lines Ltd, London. 1925 laid up and 1930 sold to Henry M. Thomson, London and renamed Sithonia. |
|Notes on event|
At 02.21 hours on 13 July 1942 the Sithonia (Master Charles Cottew Brown), dispersed from convoy OS-33, was torpedoed and sunk by U-201 west of the Canary Islands. Seven crew members were lost. The master and 20 crew members made landfall after 18 days at Timiris, Senegal and were interned by the Vichy French authorities at Port Etienne. The chief officer and 24 crew members were picked up after sailing about 820 miles in 14 days by a Spanish fishing vessel and landed at Las Palmas.
|On board||We have details of 33 people who were on board.|
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