British Steam merchant
|Completed||1917 - C. Connell & Co Ltd, Glasgow|
|Owner||T. & J. Brocklebank Ltd, Liverpool|
|Date of attack||6 Sep 1939||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-38 (Heinrich Liebe)|
|Position||38° 28'N, 10° 50'W - Grid CG 5573|
|Complement||70 (7 dead and 63 survivors).|
|Route||Liverpool - Calcutta - Rangoon|
|Cargo||General cargo, including agricultural and government stores|
|History||Completed in August 1917 |
|Notes on event|
At 06.00 hours on 6 Sep 1939 the unescorted Manaar (Master Campbell Shaw) was ordered to stop by U-38 with a shot across her bow about 70 miles southwest of Cape da Roca, but the ship began sending distress signals and fired back with her stern gun as the U-boat opened fire. After five hits on the vessel, killing seven crew members, the survivors abandoned ship in four lifeboats. At 07.20 hours, the U-boat fired a G7a torpedo that detonated prematurely in about 400 metres distance. Ten minutes later, a second coup de grâce was fired that hit the ship underneath the bridge, shortly thereafter followed by a second torpedo at about the same place, both without much effect. The ship then broke in two and sank after being hit by a third coup de grâce at 07.44 hours.
The master and 29 crew members were picked up by the Dutch steam merchant Mars and landed at Lisbon on 8 September. 16 crew members were picked up by the Portuguese steam passenger ship Carvalho Araujo and also landed at Lisbon. 17 other crew members were rescued by the Italian steam merchant Castelbianco.
|On board||We have details of 11 people who were on board.|
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