Ships hit by U-boats


Egyptian Steam merchant

Samir under her former name Holtby. Photo courtesy of State Library of New South Wales

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,702 tons
Completed1909 - Ropner & Sons Ltd, Stockton-on-Tees 
OwnerVictor Bassili, Alexandria 
Date of attack17 Aug 1942Nationality:      Egyptian
FateSunk by U-658 (Hans Senkel)
Position18° 30'N, 75° 20'W - Grid DN 7892
Complement? men (? dead and ? survivors).
RouteCristobal - Guantanamo 
History Completed in August 1909 as British Holtby for R. Ropner & Co, West Hartlepool. 1936 sold to Greece and renamed Poseidonia for D. Georgopoulos, Syra. 1939 sold to Egypt and renamed Samir for Victor Bassili, Alexandria. 
Notes on event

At 06.19 on 17 Aug 1942, U-658 fired a spread of two torpedoes at convoy PG-6 in the Windward Passage west of Haiti and hit the Fort la Reine with the first torpedo after 3 minutes 50 seconds and observed the ship sinking after eight minutes. The second torpedo hit the Laguna after 4 minutes 10 seconds and Senkel reported the sinking of this ship, but could not observe it. At 06.20 hours, the U-boat fired a second spread of two torpedoes and observed one hit after 5 minutes 15 seconds on the Samir, which caught fire and sank after five minutes.


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