British Steam merchant
|Completed||1938 - Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson, Newcastle|
|Owner||Ellerman´s Wilson Line Ltd, Hull|
|Date of attack||28 Dec 1941||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-75 (Helmuth Ringelmann)|
|Position||31° 45'N, 26° 48'E - Grid CO 92|
|Complement||38 (24 dead and 14 survivors).|
|Route||Tobruk - Alexandria|
|Notes on event|
In the early morning of 28 Dec 1941, U-75 attacked the convoy ME-8 and reported two ships with 9000 grt sunk and another damaged. This was the last radio message from the U-boat because she was sunk after a hunt of several hours by the escorts of the convoy. However, only the Volo (Master George Rowland Whitefield MBE) had been torpedoed and sunk about 45 miles northwest of Mersa Matruh, Egypt. The master, 20 crew members and three gunners were lost. Nine crew members and five gunners were picked up by the British landing craft HMS LCT-11 and landed at Alexandria.
|On board||We have details of 24 people who were on board.|
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