Ships hit by U-boats


British Motor tanker

Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage8,237 tons
Completed1931 - Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Wallsend, Sunderland 
OwnerAnglo-Saxon Petroleum Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack31 Dec 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-87 (Joachim Berger)
Position59° 18'N, 12° 50'W - Grid AM 2574
Complement60 (27 dead and 33 survivors).
ConvoyHX-166 (straggler)
RouteCuraçao - Shellhaven 
Cargo11,500 tons of motor spirit and white spirit 
History Completed in September 1931 
Notes on event

At 19.54 hours on 31 December 1941 the unescorted Cardita (Master John Osmond Evans), a straggler from convoy HX-166, was torpedoed by U-87 110 miles 307° from St. Kilda. The vessel foundered in position 59°42N/11°58W on 3 January 1942. 27 crew members were lost. The master, 16 crew members and six gunners were picked up by HMS Onslow (G 17) (Capt H.T. Armstrong, DSC, RN) and ten crew members by HMS Sabre (H 18) (Lt P.W. Gretton, OBE, DSC, RN) and landed at Reykjavik, Iceland.

On boardWe have details of 30 people who were on board

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