Ships hit by U-boats

British Consul

British Steam tanker

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NameBritish Consul
Type:Steam tanker
Tonnage6,940 tons
Completed1924 - Sir James Laing & Sons Ltd, Sunderland 
OwnerBritish Tanker Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack19 Aug 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-564 (Reinhard Suhren)
Position11° 58'N, 62° 38'W - Grid ED 9453
Complement42 (2 dead and 40 survivors).
RouteTrinidad (18 Aug) - Key West, Florida 
History Completed in November 1924

At 05.32 hours on 19 Feb 1942, U-161 (Achilles) fired two stern torpedoes into the harbour of Port of Spain, Trinidad and hit the Mokihana and the British Consul lying at anchor. Both ships sank in shallow waters and were later salvaged.
The British Consul caught fire and sank in 10°37N/61°34W. Later a part of her cargo of fuel oil was recovered and the ship left Trinidad after temporary repairs in August 1942.

Notes on event

At 10.07 hours on 19 Aug 1942, U-564 attacked convoy TAW(S) 85 miles northwest of Boca Grande, Trinidad and observed three hits after 2 minutes 5 seconds and one after 2 minutes 50 seconds. Suhren claimed that he sank two ships and damaged two. In fact, the British Consul and the Empire Cloud were sunk. The tanker was probably hit by more than one torpedo.

Two crew members from the British Consul (Master James Kennedy) were lost. The master, 34 crew members, four gunners and one passenger (DBS) were picked up by HMS Clarkia (K 88) (LtCdr F.J.G. Jones, RNR) and landed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

On boardWe have details of 4 people who were on board

Attack entries for British Consul

DateU-boatCommanderLoss typeTonsNat.
19 Feb 1942U-161Kptlt. Albrecht AchillesDamaged6,940  
19 Aug 1942U-564Kptlt. Reinhard SuhrenSunk6,940  

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