British Steam merchant
|Completed||1917 - Sir John Priestman & Co Ltd, Southwick, Sunderland|
|Owner||Euxine Shipping Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||25 Apr 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-108 (Klaus Scholtz)|
|Position||33.40N, 63.10W - Grid DD 2447|
|Complement||41 (18 dead and 23 survivors).|
|Route||Trinidad - St. Thomas, Virgin Islands (17 Apr) - New York|
|Cargo||5800 tons of bauxite|
|History||Completed in January 1917 for Gulf Line Ltd (Furness, Withy & Co Ltd), London. In July 1920 sold to Norway and owned by A/S Ivarans Rederi (Ivar An. Christensen), Kristiania. 1926 sold to Britain and owned by Leeston Shipping Co Ltd (Chubb & Holley), London. 1933 sold to Finland and owned by J.W. Paulin, Viborg. In August 1941 seized by Britain at Kirkwall and taken over by Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). |
|Notes on event|
At 08.31 hours on 25 Apr, 1942, the unescorted Modesta (Master James Robertson Murray) was hit in the #2 hold by one torpedo from U-108 and sank within 12 minutes about 110 miles northwest of Bermuda. The ship had been missed by a first torpedo at 05.17 hours. The master, 16 crew members and one gunner were lost. 19 crew members and four gunners were picked up by the Belgian Airman and landed at Bermuda.
|On board||We have details of 19 people who were on board.|
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