British Steam passenger ship
|Type:||Steam passenger ship|
|Tonnage||15,501 tons (one of the largest ships sunk).|
|Completed||1927 - Cammell Laird & Co Ltd, Birkenhead|
|Owner||Blue Star Line Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||2 Jul 1940||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-47 (Günther Prien)|
|Position||55° 20'N, 10° 33'W - Grid AM 5116|
|Complement||1673 (805 dead and 868 survivors).|
|Route||Liverpool (30 Jun) - St. Johns|
|Cargo||1299 internees and prisoners-of-war|
|History||Completed in May 1927 as Arandora 1929 renamed Arandora Star and converted to a cruising ship. |
|Notes on event|
At 07.58 hours on 2 July 1940 the unescorted Arandora Star (Master Edgar Wallace Moulton) was hit by one torpedo from U-47 about 125 miles west by north of Malin Head, Co. Donegal and foundered later in 56°30N/10°38W. The ship had 479 German internees, 734 Italian internees, 86 German prisoners-of-war and 200 military guards on board. The master, 12 officers, 42 crewmen, 37 guards, 470 Italians and 243 Germans were lost. 119 crew members, 163 guards and 586 Italians and Germans were picked up by HMCS St. Laurent (H 83) (Cdr H.G. De Wolf, RCN) and landed at Greenock.
The master Edgar Wallace Moulton was posthumously awarded the Lloyd´s War Medal for bravery at sea.
|On board||We have details of 636 people who were on board.|
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