British Steam merchant
|Completed||1938 - Sir James Laing & Sons Ltd, Sunderland|
|Owner||Ambrose, Davies & Matthews Ltd, Swansea|
|Date of attack||11 Mar 1943||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-160 (Georg Lassen)|
|Position||29.08S, 34.05E - Grid KP 9178|
|Complement||41 (9 dead and 32 survivors).|
|Route||Calcutta - Cochin - Durban - UK|
|Cargo||7935 tons of general cargo|
|History||Completed in April 1938|
At 04.42 hours on 10 May 1941, U-556 (Wohlfarth) attacked the convoy OB-318 southeast of Cape Farewell in 59°23N/35°25W and reported two ships with 10.000 grt sunk. The xB-Dienst assumed from a SOS message that one of the ships was the Dutch steam merchant Hercules, but in fact the torpedo missed the British steam merchant Chaucer.
|Notes on event|
At 23.10 hours on 11 Mar, 1943, the unescorted Aelybryn (Master Harold William Brockwell) was hit by two G7a torpedoes from U-160 east-northeast of Durban. The ship sank by the stern after being hit by a G7a coup de grâce at 20.32 hours. The Germans questioned the survivors and apparently misunderstood the name, reporting the vessel as the American steam merchant Arian. Nine crew members were lost. The master, 27 crew members and four gunners were picked up by the Portuguese steam passenger ship Lourenço Marques and landed at Capetown.
|On board||We have details of 11 people who were on board.|
Attack entries for Aelybryn
|10 May 1941||U-556||Kptlt. Herbert Wohlfarth||Damaged||4,986|
|11 Mar 1943||U-160||Kptlt. Georg Lassen||Sunk||4,986|
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