South African Whale factory ship
|Type:||Whale factory ship|
|Completed||1905 - Harland & Wolff Ltd, Belfast|
|Owner||Union Whaling Co Ltd, Durban|
|Date of attack||7 Mar 1942||Nationality: South African|
|Fate||Sunk by U-161 (Albrecht Achilles)|
|Position||13° 23'N, 62° 04'W - Grid ED 6891|
|Complement||51 (18 dead and 33 survivors).|
|Route||Curaçao - Trinidad - Freetown|
|Cargo||8800 tons of fuel oil|
|History||Completed in August 1905 as British steam merchant Mahronda for T. & J. Brocklebank Ltd, Liverpool. 1922 sold to Norway and 1923 converted by Framnæs Mek. Værksted, Sandefjord, to the whale factory ship Sir James Clark Ross for Hvalfanger-A/S Rosshavet (Johan Rasmussen & M. Konow), Sandefjord. 1930 sold to Denmark and renamed Fraternitas for Fraternitaskompagniet A/S (A.P. Møller), Copenhagen. 1936 fitted with a stern ramp at Gøtaverken A/B, Gothenborg. 1937 sold to South Africa and renamed Uniwaleco for Union Whaling Co Ltd (A.E. Larsen), Durban. |
|Notes on event|
At 17.59 hours on 7 March 1942 the unescorted Uniwaleco (Master Johannes Marins Bernard Rosvik) was hit by one of two torpedoes from U-161 45 miles west of St. Vincent Passage. The ship apparently went out of control because she ran in circles and settled but did not sink. At 18.14 hours, the U-boat fired a coup de grâce which hit aft and caused her to sink within 3 minutes after breaking in two. 18 crew members were lost. The master and 32 crew members landed on St. Vincent.
|On board||We have details of 21 people who were on board.|
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