Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Wayne Avery

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,644 tons
Completed1924 - Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Wallsend, Sunderland 
OwnerLambert Brothers Ltd, London 
Date of attack24 Feb 1945Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-1208 (Georg Hagene)
Position50° 05'N, 5° 51'W - Grid BF 24
Complement31 (31 dead - no survivors)
RouteNewport, Mon. – Milford Haven (23 Feb) - London 
History Completed in March 1924 and registered in Canada for Ronde SS Co Ltd, Montreal. 1931 transferred to Guaranty SS Co (Dawnie SS Corp), Montreal. 1935 registered in Honduras for Standard Fruit Co, La Ceiba. In April 1941 registered in Panama for Wallem & Co Ltd (Haakon J. Wallem), Hong Kong. In February 1942, the ship escaped from Singapore to Colombo via Tanjung Priok, Dutch East Indies. 1943 taken over by Ministry of War Transport (MoWT), managed by Lambert Brothers Ltd, London. 
Notes on event

At 04.15 hours on 24 Feb 1945 the Oriskany (Master David Souter Morrison) in convoy BTC-78 was hit on the port side by one torpedo from U-1208 and sank immediately about 5 miles west of Lands End. The nine ships of convoy proceeded in two columns at 8 knots and she was leading the port column as the ship of convoy commodore Cdr I.N. Macmillan, RD, RNR. One of the merchant ships closed the sinking position to search for survivors and was joined by HMS ML-344, but none were found: the master, convoy commodore, 21 crew members, four naval staff members and four gunners were lost.

The warships of the 15th Escort Group and 3rd Escort Group were sent to the area and two frigates of the latter soon located and sank U-1208 at 12.30 hours on 24 February.

Revisions 2010 by Dr. Axel Niestlé:
Earlier it was thought that it was U-480 that carried out an attack on convoy BTC-78 and was subsequently sunk in the area, but the wreck of this U-boat was now identified as U-1208
On boardWe have details of 31 people who were on board

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