British Steam merchant
|Completed||1927 - John Brown & Co Ltd, Clydebank|
|Owner||Blue Star Line Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||30 Jun 1940||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-43 (Wilhelm Ambrosius)|
|Position||46° 46'N, 12° 17'W - Grid BE 6663|
|Complement||85 (1 dead and 84 survivors).|
|Route||Buenos Aires - Freetown (15 Jun) - London|
|Cargo||5630 tons of frozen meat and 1000 tons of oranges|
|History||Completed in May 1927 as steam passenger ship Avelona 1929 renamed Avelona Star and converted to steam merchant in 1931. |
|Notes on event|
At 22.27 hours on 30 June 1940 the Avelona Star (Master George Hernest Hopper) in convoy SL-36 was hit by one torpedo from U-43 and was abandoned 220 miles northwest of Cape Finisterre. The vessel foundered the next day in 46°59N/11°39W. One crew member was lost. The master and 83 crew members were picked up by the Beignon, which was herself sunk by U-30 (Lemp) on 1 July. Three survivors from the Avelona Star died. All survivors were picked up by HMS Vesper (D 55) (LtCdr W.E.F. Hussey, DSC, RN) and HMS Windsor (D 42) (LtCdr P.D.H.R. Pelly, RN) and landed at Plymouth.
|On board||We have details of 5 people who were on board.|
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