Ships hit by U-boats


British Motor merchant

Photo courtesy of Danish Maritime Museum, Elsinore

Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage6,405 tons
Completed1935 - Nakskov Skibsv√¶rft A/S, Nakskov 
OwnerT. & J. Brocklebank Ltd, Liverpool 
Date of attack31 Oct 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-103 (Gustav-Adolf Janssen)
Position36° 06'N, 16° 59'W - Grid CF 9856
Complement90 (6 dead and 84 survivors).
RouteCalcutta - Freetown (16 Oct) - Glasgow 
Cargo8500 tons of foodstuffs, tea, jute, 2000 tons of pig iron and 400 tons of ore 
History Completed in October 1935 as Danish Tasmania for A/S D/S Orient, Copenhagen. 1940 taken over by Britain and transferred to the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 
Notes on event

At 21.53 hours on 30 October 1942 U-659 (Stock) fired a spread of two torpedoes at a ship in convoy SL-125 north of Madeira and observed one hit and the sinking of the vessel after 3 minutes. However, the Tasmania (Master Hans Christian Roder) continued and was sunk by two torpedoes from U-103 fired at 00.12 hours on 31 October.

Tasmania had picked up 44 survivors from Hopecastle, which had been torpedoed in the same convoy two days earlier. One crew member, one gunner and four shipwrecked men were lost. The master, 35 crew members, seven gunners, one passenger (DBS) and 40 shipwrecked men were rescued: most were picked up by the British steam merchant Baron Elgin and landed at Madeira; some were picked up by the British steam merchant Mano and landed at Greenock on 9 November; five were picked up by a corvette and landed at Gibraltar and 20 survivors were picked up by the Alaska, which was later torpedoed by U-510 (Neitzel) on 31 October but reached Lisbon safely on 11 November.

On boardWe have details of 9 people who were on board

Attack entries for Tasmania

DateU-boatCommanderLoss typeTonsNat.
30 Oct 1942U-659Kptlt. Hans StockDamaged6,405  
31 Oct 1942U-103Oblt. Gustav-Adolf JanssenSunk6,405  

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