Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,872 tons
Completed1941 - Burntisland Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Burntisland 
OwnerJohn Morrison & Son, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
Date of attack1 Nov 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-174 (Ulrich Thilo)
Position0° 17'N, 34° 55'W - Grid FC 1855
Complement42 (6 dead and 36 survivors).
ConvoyTRIN-20 (dispersed)
RouteBaltimore - New York - Trinidad (24 Oct) - Capetown - Alexandria 
Cargo8300 tons of coal, military stores and general cargo 
History Completed in February 1941

At 05.40 hours on 7 Apr 1942, the Elmdale was shelled and damaged by the Japanese submarine I-3 (Tonozuka) en route from Karachi to Colombo in 06°52N/78°50E. The ship was repaired and returned to service in May 1942.

Notes on event

At 23.07 hours on 1 Nov 1942 the Elmdale (Master Duncan McPhee), dispersed from convoy TRIN-20, was hit by two torpedoes from U-174 and sank after 11 minutes about 400 miles west of St. Paul Rocks. Five crew members and one gunner were lost. The Germans questioned the survivors before leaving the area. The master, 30 crew members and five gunners were picked up by the Brazilian steam merchant Therezina M. and landed at Forteleza, Brazil.

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