Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of the Allen Collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,987 tons
Completed1924 - Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Dundee 
OwnerBooker Bros, McConnell & Co Ltd, Liverpool 
Date of attack25 Aug 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-558 (G√ľnther Krech)
Position17° 46'N, 75° 52'W - Grid EC 1196
Complement44 (13 dead and 31 survivors).
ConvoyWAT-15 (straggler)
RouteLiverpool (13 Jul) - Hampton Roads (10 Aug) - Key West (18 Aug) - Trinidad - Demerara 
Cargo2260 tons of general cargo, including acids and mail 
History Completed in November 1924 
Notes on event

At 10.34 hours on 25 Aug 1942 the Amakura (Master Thomas Orford), a straggler from convoy WAT-15, was torpedoed and sunk by U-558 about 90 miles southeast of Port Morant, Jamaica. 13 crew members were lost. The master, 25 crew members and five gunners landed at Point Morant Lighthouse, Jamaica.

On boardWe have details of 14 people who were on board

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