Ships hit by U-boats


Hungarian Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of József Horváth

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,295 tons
Completed1913 - J. Readhead & Sons Ltd, South Shields 
OwnerNeptun Sea Navigation Co Ltd (B. Burger), Budapest 
Date of attack19 Aug 1940Nationality:      Hungarian
FateSunk by UA (Hans Cohausz)
Position50° 00'N, 22° 00'W - Grid BE 1612
Complement74 (6 dead and 68 survivors).
RoutePort Talbot - Tampa 
History Completed in June 1913 as British Tregarthen for Hain SS Co Ltd (E. Hain & Son), St. Ives. 1933 sold to Hungary and renamed Kelet
Notes on event

On 19 August 1940 the Kelet was stopped by UA with gunfire and at 09.10 hours hit by a coup de grâce, but the vessel remained afloat and was shelled until she sank at 10.01 hours. Earlier the ship had picked up 41 survivors from the Clan Macphee, which had been sunk by U-30 (Lemp) on 16 August, six of them were lost. The 33 crew members and the remaining 35 survivors were picked up by the Norwegian merchant Varegg and landed at Galway on 26 August.


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