Ships hit by U-boats

Star of Luxor

Egyptian Steam merchant

Star of Luxor under her former name Fostat. Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

NameStar of Luxor
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,298 tons
Completed1918 - W. Gray & Co, West Hartlepool 
OwnerAlexandria Navigation Co Ltd (Red Rose Line), Alexandria 
Date of attack10 Dec 1941Nationality:      Egyptian
FateSunk by U-130 (Ernst Kals)
Position56° 57'N, 16° 35'W - Grid AL 3962
Complement56 (4 dead and 52 survivors).
RoutePhiladelphia - Sydney - Belfast - Liverpool 
Cargo7094 tons of general cargo and military stores, including 1436 tons of base metal 
History Completed in May 1918 as War Jackdaw for the Shipping Controller, managed by H. Samman & Co. 1919 sold to the Prince Line, Newcastle and renamed Tartar Prince. 1922 transferred to the Peareth SS Co, Newcastle and 1924 returned to the Prince Line. 1933 sold to Egypt and renamed Fostat for Société Misr de Navigation Maritime (SAE), Alexandria. 1939 sold to Alexandria Navigation Co Ltd (Red Rose Line), Alexandria and renamed Star of Luxor
Notes on event

At 23.54 hours on 10 Dec 1941, U-130 fired a spread of four torpedoes at convoy SC-57 west of Rockall and observed two hits on one ship, the Star of Luxor, which sank in flames. At 23.57 hours, a spread of two torpedoes was then fired, both torpedoes seemingly detonating on one ship, but in fact Kurdistan and Kirnwood were hit.

On boardWe have details of 3 people who were on board

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