Ships hit by U-boats

Nailsea Court

British Steam merchant

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NameNailsea Court
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,946 tons
Completed1936 - Bartram & Sons Ltd, South Dock, Sunderland 
OwnerE.R. Management Co Ltd, Cardiff 
Date of attack10 Mar 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-229 (Robert Schetelig)
Position58° 45'N, 21° 57'W - Grid AL 2537
Complement49 (45 dead and 4 survivors).
RouteBeira - New York (23 Feb) - London 
Cargo7661 tons of general cargo, including 650 tons of copper bars, 800 tons of nickel ore and asbestos 
History Completed in August 1936 
Notes on event

At 01.04 hours on 10 March 1943, U-229 fired a torpedo at convoy SC-121 south of Reykjavik, followed by a spread of two torpedoes at 01.05 hours and reported two ships sunk and another damaged. In fact, the torpedoes sank Nailsea Court and damaged Coulmore.

The master, 33 crew members, nine gunners and two passengers from the Nailsea Court (Master Robert James Lee) were lost. One crew member was picked up by the British rescue ship Melrose Abbey (Master Ralph Good, OBE) and landed at Gourock on 13 March. Three crew members were rescued by HMCS Dauphin (K 157) (T/Lt M.H. Wallace, RCNR) and landed at Londonderry on 13 March.

On boardWe have details of 45 people who were on board

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