Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage6,142 tons
Completed1939 - J.L. Thompson & Sons Ltd, North Sands, Sunderland 
OwnerSilver Line Ltd (Stanley & John Thompson Ltd), London 
Date of attack18 Dec 1944Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-486 (Gerhard Meyer)
Position50° 07'N, 4° 40'W - Grid BF 2516
Complement65 (0 dead and 65 survivors).
RouteDuala - Falmouth - Hull 
Cargo2949 tons of cocoa beans, 2423 tons of palm oil, 758 tons of timber, 303 tons of lumber, 317 tons of rutile (titanium dioxide), 66 tons of coffee, 30 tons of ramie (fibre) and 195 tons of rubber 
History Completed in March 1939 
Notes on event

On 18 Dec 1944 the Silverlaurel (Master John Duncan, OBE) in convoy BTC-10 was torpedoed and sunk by U-486 south of the Eddystone Lighthouse. The master, 45 crew members, ten gunners and nine passengers were picked up by the British coaster Monkstone and landed at Plymouth.

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