Ships hit by U-boats


British Motor merchant

Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage10,298 tons
Completed1930 - Vickers-Armstrongs Ltd, Barrow-in-Furness 
OwnerNew Zealand Shipping Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack28 Aug 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-558 (Günther Krech)
Position52° 16'N, 17° 50'W - Grid AL 9284
Complement71 (13 dead and 58 survivors).
RouteLiverpool (23 Aug) - Curaçao - Sydney, NSW 
CargoGeneral cargo, including stores and mail 
History Completed in December 1930 
Notes on event

At 16.41 hours on 28 Aug 1941 the Otaio (Master Gilbert Kinnell) in convoy OS-4 was torpedoed and sunk by U-558 about 330 miles west by north of Fastnet Rock. Twelve crew members and one gunner were lost. The master, 53 crew members and four gunners were picked up by HMS Vanoc (H 33) (LtCdr J.G.W. Deneys, DSO, RN) and landed at Liverpool.

On boardWe have details of 14 people who were on board

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