Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage7,167 tons
Completed1942 - J.L. Thompson & Sons Ltd, North Sands, Sunderland 
OwnerJohn I. Jacobs & Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack27 Jul 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-130 (Ernst Kals)
Position4° 48'N, 22° 00'W - Grid ES 1541
Complement51 (0 dead and 51 survivors).
RouteNew York - Trinidad (16 Jul) - Capetown - Abadan - Kuwait 
Cargo7000 tons of general cargo and military equipment including tanks 
Notes on event

At 17.40 hours on 27 July 1942 the unescorted Elmwood (Master Edward Lewis James Herbert) was torpedoed and sunk by U-130 northeast of St.Paul Rocks. Kals misidentified the victim as Almwood. The 44 crew members, six gunners and one passenger (RAF personnel) were rescued. The master and 19 survivors landed at Freetown. The second officer and eleven survivors landed about 200 miles further along the coast at Bissao, Portuguese Guinea on 11 August. The chief officer and 18 survivors were picked up by the American Liberty ship Davy Crockett and landed at Capetown.

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