Ships hit by U-boats

Viking Star

British Steam merchant

NameViking Star
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage6,445 tons
Completed1919 - Napier & Miller Ltd, Old Kilpatrick, Glasgow 
OwnerBlue Star Line Ltd, London 
Date of attack25 Aug 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-130 (Ernst Kals)
Position6° 00'N, 14° 00'W - Grid ET 6446
Complement60 (8 dead and 52 survivors).
RouteBuenos Aires - Montevideo (9 Aug) - Freetown - UK 
Cargo4519 tons of refrigerated cargo and 200 tons of fertilisers 
History Launched as War Peony, completed in November 1919 as Lusiada for The Blue Star Line, Rio de Janeiro. 1920 renamed Vikingstar for Blue Star Line, London. 1929 renamed Viking Star for the same owner. 
Notes on event

At 19.44 hours on 25 August 1942 the unescorted Viking Star (Master James Edward Mills) was hit by two torpedoes from U-130 about 160 miles south-southwest of Freetown and sank after being hit amidships by a coup de grĂ¢ce at 20.35 hours. The master and six crew members were lost. 32 crew members and four gunners made landfall after six days near Bonthe, Sierra Leone. 16 other crew members on rafts reached the coasts of Sierra Leone and Liberia within 18 days, but one gunner drowned whilst attempting to reach the shore from a raft on 4 September.

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