Ships hit by U-boats


British Motor merchant

Photo from City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 447-2696

Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage6,373 tons
Completed1930 - J.L. Thompson & Sons Ltd, North Sands, Sunderland 
OwnerSilver Line Ltd (Stanley & John Thompson Ltd), London 
Date of attack30 Oct 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-409 (Hanns-Ferdinand Massmann)
Position35° 08'N, 16° 44'W - Grid CF 9864
Complement67 (6 dead and 61 survivors).
RouteLagos - Freetown (16 Oct) - Liverpool 
Cargo9000 tons of general cargo 
History Completed in June 1930 
Notes on event

At 23.28 hours on 30 Oct 1942 the Silverwillow (Master Reginald Charles Butler) in convoy SL-125 was torpedoed and damaged by U-409 north-northeast of Madeira. On 5 November, the ship had to be abandoned in 34°07N/14°39W and foundered after six days in 37°24N/10°45W. Three crew members, one gunner and two passengers were lost. The master, 49 crew members, seven gunners and four passengers (one DBS) were picked up by the British auxiliary patrol vessel HMS Kelantan (F 166) (Lt A.E. Jones) and landed at Gourock on 8 November.

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