Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Paul Johnson Collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,013 tons
Completed1925 - Akers Mekaniske Verksted AS, Oslo 
OwnerUnited Baltic Co, London 
Date of attack7 Feb 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-118 (Werner Czygan)
Position35° 58'N, 5° 59'W - Grid CG 9585
Complement62 (11 dead and 51 survivors).
RouteSeville - Gibraltar - Belfast Lough 
Cargo1215 tons of sour oranges and 6 tons of general cargo 
History Completed in January 1925 as Norwegian Buena Vista for Fred Olsen & Co, Oslo. 1936 sold to Britain and renamed Baltonia
Notes on event

At 23.59 hours on 7 Feb 1943 convoy MKS-7 ran into a minefield laid by U-118 on 1 and 2 February west of Gibraltar and lost three ships: Baltonia, Mary Slessor and Empire Mordred.

The master, nine crew members and one gunner from Baltonia (Master Jack Ames Prosser) were lost. 42 crew members and nine gunners were picked up by the British merchant Kingsland, transferred to HMCS Alberni (K 103) (T/Lt A.W. Ford, RCNR) and landed at Londonderry.

On boardWe have details of 17 people who were on board

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