Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,364 tons
Completed1929 - A. Stephen & Sons Ltd, Linthouse, Glasgow 
OwnerElders & Fyffes Ltd, London 
Date of attack12 May 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-553 (Karl Thurmann)
Position49° 19'N, 64° 51'W - Grid BB 1458
Complement88 (6 dead and 82 survivors).
RouteMontreal (10 May) - Avonmouth 
Cargo3800 tons of general cargo, including aircraft 
History Completed in March 1929 
Notes on event

At 05.52 hours on 12 May 1942 the unescorted Nicoya (Master Ernest Henry Brice) was torpedoed by U-553 in the Gulf of St. Lawrence south of Anticosti Island and sank following a coup de grĂ¢ce at 06.11 hours. Five crew members and one gunner were lost. The master, 62 crew members, nine gunners and ten passengers landed at Fame Point Lighthouse, Gaspe Peninsula, Quebec.

On boardWe have details of 7 people who were on board

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