Ships hit by U-boats


British Motor merchant

Photo courtesy of State Library of New South Wales

Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage4,772 tons
Completed1928 - A. McMillan & Son Ltd, Dumbarton 
OwnerRoyal Mail Lines Ltd, London 
Date of attack30 Oct 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-509 (Werner Witte)
Position33° 29'N, 18° 32'W - Grid DH 5152
Complement58 (14 dead and 44 survivors).
RouteBuenos Aires - Freetown (16 Oct) - Liverpool 
Cargo7132 tons of hides, rice and cotton 
History Completed in June 1928 
Notes on event

At 00.00 hours on 30 October 1942 the Brittany (Master William White Dovell) in convoy SL-125 was torpedoed and sunk by U-509 near Madeira. 12 crew members, one gunner and one passenger were lost. The master, 32 crew members, seven gunners and four passengers were picked up by the British auxiliary patrol vessel HMS Kelantan (F 166) (Lt A.E. Jones) and landed at Gourock on 8 November.

On boardWe have details of 23 people who were on board

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