British Motor passenger ship
|Type:||Motor passenger ship|
|Completed||1935 - Cammell Laird & Co Ltd, Birkenhead|
|Owner||Elder Dempster Lines Ltd, Liverpool|
|Date of attack||29 Oct 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-575 (Günther Heydemann)|
|Position||48.30N, 28.50W - Grid BD 3761|
|Complement||393 (362 dead and 31 survivors).|
|Route||Capetown (10 Oct) - Liverpool|
|Cargo||3000 tons of wool and bags of mail|
|History||Completed in September 1935 |
|Notes on event|
At 22.13 hours on 29 Oct, 1942, U-575 fired four torpedoes at the unescorted Abosso (Master Reginald William Tate) about 700 miles northwest of the Azores, but only one of them hit. At 22.28 hours, a coup de grâce struck the ship, causing her to sink at 23.05 hours. The master, 150 crew members, 18 gunners and 193 passengers were lost.
Among the passengers was a Dutch submarine crew (34 men from the submarines HNMS K-IX, HNMS K-X and HNMS K-XII) on their way to England to man the Dutch submarine Haai (the former HMS Varne (P 66), still under construction). Their commander, LtCdr H.C.J. Coumou, protests after he learned that the speed of the ship was only 14.5 knots and that she will make the journey unescorted. His protests were disregarded.
|On board||We have details of 299 people who were on board.|
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