Ships hit by U-boats


Canadian Steam merchant

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,925 tons
Completed1928 - Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Wallsend, Sunderland 
OwnerPaterson Steamships Ltd, Fort William, Ontario 
HomeportFort William 
Date of attack21 May 1942Nationality:      Canadian
FateSunk by U-558 (G√ľnther Krech)
Position18° 15'N, 79° 20'W - Grid EB 3111
Complement18 (0 dead and 18 survivors).
RouteMobile, AL - Georgetown, British Guiana 
CargoGeneral cargo, including cement 
History Completed in April 1928 
Notes on event

At 18.22 hours on 21 May 1942, U-558 fired a torpedo at the unescorted and unarmed Troisdoc and heard a hit without detonation after 53 seconds. The U-boat then surfaced and shelled the ship that sank by the bow about 55 miles west of Jamaica at 19.17 hours.

Troisdoc sinking
Photo of the sinking Troisdoc taken by a German war correspondent.

The master and 17 crew members were picked up less than five hours after the sinking by HMS Clarkia (K 88) (LtCdr F.J.G. Jones, RNR), which was escorting Lady Nelson in tow of the American tug Moran from Kingston to Mobile.

On boardWe have details of 1 people who were on board

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