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|Completed||1920 - London & Montrose Shipbuilding Co, Montrose|
|Owner||Elder Dempster Lines Ltd, Liverpool|
|Date of attack||1 Sep 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-125 (Ulrich Folkers)|
|Position||5° 00'N, 1° 00'W - Grid EV 8123|
|Complement||37 (33 dead and 4 survivors).|
|Route||Port Harcourt - Takoradi|
|History||Completed in December 1920 as Marion Merrett for D.R. Llewellyn, Merrett & Price Ltd, Cardiff. 1924 renamed Kirkwynd for McIntyre, Inglis & Co Ltd, Glasgow. 1926 renamed Smerdis for J. & P. Hutchison Ltd, Glasgow. 1934 renamed Ilorin for Elder Dempster Lines Ltd, Liverpool. |
|Notes on event|
At 22.06 hours on 1 Sep 1942 the unescorted Ilorin (Master Charles Lewis Bott) was hit just abaft the bridge by one torpedo from U-125 and sank with a list to port after 3 minutes off Legu, Gold Coast. The Germans did not find any lifeboats or survivors at the sinking position. The master and 32 crew members were lost. Four crew members were saved.
|On board||We have details of 33 people who were on board.|
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