Ships hit by U-boats

Louise Moller

British Steam merchant

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NameLouise Moller
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,764 tons
Completed1907 - J.L. Thompson & Sons Ltd, North Sands, Sunderland 
OwnerMoller & Co Ltd, Shanghai 
Date of attack13 Nov 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-178 (Hans Ibbeken)
Position30° 50'S, 35° 54'E - Grid KP 9885
Complement63 (11 dead and 52 survivors).
RouteDurban - Mombasa 
History Built as River Plate 1913 renamed Björnefjord 1926 renamed Balto 1933 renamed Louise Moller 
Notes on event

At 06.20 hours on 13 Nov 1942 the unescorted Louise Moller (Master George Alexander Angus) was torpedoed and sunk by U-178 about 240 miles east by south of Durban. Eleven crew members were lost. The master, 20 crew members and two gunners were picked up by the British merchant Hopecrest and landed at East London. The chief officer and 28 crew members were picked up by the British destroyer leader HMS Douglas (D 90) (LtCdr R.B.S. Tennant) and landed at Durban.

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