Ships hit by U-boats

Atlantic City

British Motor merchant

Photo courtesy of the Allen Collection

NameAtlantic City
Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage5,133 tons
Completed1941 - William Doxford & Sons Ltd, Sunderland 
OwnerSir William Reardon Smith & Sons Ltd, Cardiff 
Date of attack26 Jul 1941Nationality:      British
FateDamaged by U-141 (Philipp Schüler)
Position55° 42'N, 9° 58'W - Grid AM 5276
Complement41 (0 dead and 41 survivors).
RouteCardiff (22 Jul) - Capetown - Alexandria 
CargoGeneral cargo, government stores and coal 
History Completed in May 1941

1962 sold to Greece and renamed Achillet for A. Halcoussis & Co, Piræus. On 25 Feb 1971, she foundered off the Skeleton Coast in 19°00S/10°19E.

Notes on event

At 03.28 hours on 26 July 1941, U-141 attacked convoy OS-1 365 miles 270° from Bloody Foreland and Schüler thought that he had scored one hit on each of three ships. The first vessel was seen being abandoned, the second exploded and the third, which had four masts, was seen to develop a heavy list. In fact, the Botwey was sunk and the damaged Atlantic City was abandoned, but later reboarded and salvaged.

The Atlantic City managed to reach the Clyde, was repaired and returned to service in November 1941.


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