Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,299 tons
Completed1918 - William Doxford & Sons Ltd, Sunderland 
OwnerThe Hain Steamship Co Ltd, London 
HomeportSt. Ives 
Date of attack5 Mar 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-130 (Siegfried Keller)
Position43° 50'N, 14° 46'W - Grid BE 9495
Complement47 (3 dead and 44 survivors).
RoutePepel - Gibraltar - London 
Cargo7400 tons of iron ore 
History Built as War Aconite 1919 renamed Trefusis 
Notes on event

At 17.45 hours on 5 March 1943, U-130 attacked convoy XK-2 northwest of Lisbon and sank four ships, the Fidra, Empire Tower, Trefusis and Ger-y-Bryn.

Three crew members from Trefusis (Master Robert Tyrer Browne) were lost. The master, 37 crew members and six gunners were picked up by HMS Coreopsis (K 32) (T/Lt B.C. Hamilton, RNR), transferred to HMS Loch Oskaig (FY 175) (Lt G.F.S. Clampitt) and landed at Londonderry.

On boardWe have details of 5 people who were on board

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