British Steam merchant
|Completed||1928 - Ramage & Ferguson Ltd, Leith|
|Owner||Ellerman & Papayanni Lines Ltd, Liverpool|
|Date of attack||13 Mar 1943||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-107 (Harald Gelhaus)|
|Position||42° 45'N, 13° 31'W - Grid CG 1218|
|Complement||47 (43 dead and 4 survivors).|
|Route||Liverpool - Seville|
|Cargo||1500 tons of sulphate of copper, 413 tons of seed, potatoes and mail|
|History||Completed in July 1928 |
|Notes on event|
At 05.30 hours on 13 March 1943, U-107 attacked convoy OS-44 190 miles west of Cape Finisterre and reported hits on three ships. In fact, four ships were hit, the Clan Alpine, Marcella, Oporto and Sembilangan.
The master, 35 crew members and seven gunners from the Oporto (Master Fred Bird) were lost. Four crew members were picked up by the HMS Spiraea (K 08) (Lt A.H. Pierce, OBE, RNR), transferred to HMS Gentian (K 90) (T/A/LtCdr E.W.C. Dempster, RNVR) and landed at Gibraltar.
|On board||We have details of 43 people who were on board.|
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