Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of State Library of New South Wales

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage8,795 tons
Completed1917 - Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Walker-on-Tyne 
OwnerRoyal Mail Lines Ltd, London 
Date of attack5 Dec 1939Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-47 (G√ľnther Prien)
Position50° 43'N, 10° 16'W - Grid BF 1128
Complement82 (37 dead and 45 survivors).
RouteLiverpool - Buenos Aires 
History Completed in December 1917 
Notes on event

At 14.40 hours on 5 Dec 1939 the Navasota (Master Charles Joseph Goble) in convoy OB-46 was hit by one torpedo from U-47 and sank about 150 miles west of Bishop Rock. The master and 36 crew members were lost. 37 crew members were picked up by HMS Escapade (H 17) (Cdr H.R. Graham, RN) and eight crew members by the British steam merchant Clan Farquhar and landed at Capetown.

On boardWe have details of 37 people who were on board

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