Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Paul Johnson Collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage6,935 tons
Completed1938 - J. Readhead & Sons Ltd, South Shields 
OwnerF.C. Strick & Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack30 Jul 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-371 (Heinrich Driver)
Position35° 19'N, 23° 53'W - Grid CF 7866
Complement141 (65 dead and 76 survivors).
ConvoyOS-1 (dispersed)
RouteLondon - Clyde - Basrah 
Cargo68 passengers, government stores and general cargo 
History Completed in September 1938 
Notes on event

At 01.38 hours on 30 July 1941 the unescorted Shahristan (Master Eric Henry Wilson), dispersed from convoy OS-1, was torpedoed and sunk by U-371 southeast of the Azores. The master, 38 crew members and 26 passengers were lost. 33 survivors were picked up by the Spanish tanker Campeche and 37 survivors by the HMS Sunflower (K 41) (LtCdr J.T. Jones, RNR) and landed at Ponta Delgada, Azores. Six survivors were rescued by HMS Derbyshire (F 78) (Capt E.A.B. Stanley, DSO, MVO, RN) and landed at Gourock.

On boardWe have details of 37 people who were on board

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