Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,352 tons
Completed1928 - Ramage & Ferguson Ltd, Leith 
OwnerEllerman & Papayanni Lines Ltd, Liverpool 
Date of attack13 Mar 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-107 (Harald Gelhaus)
Position42° 45'N, 13° 31'W - Grid CG 1218
Complement47 (43 dead and 4 survivors).
RouteLiverpool - Seville 
Cargo1500 tons of sulphate of copper, 413 tons of seed, potatoes and mail 
History Completed in July 1928 
Notes on event

At 05.30 hours on 13 March 1943, U-107 attacked convoy OS-44 190 miles west of Cape Finisterre and reported hits on three ships. In fact, four ships were hit, the Clan Alpine, Marcella, Oporto and Sembilangan.

The master, 35 crew members and seven gunners from the Oporto (Master Fred Bird) were lost. Four crew members were picked up by the HMS Spiraea (K 08) (Lt A.H. Pierce, OBE, RNR), transferred to HMS Gentian (K 90) (T/A/LtCdr E.W.C. Dempster, RNVR) and landed at Gibraltar.

On boardWe have details of 43 people who were on board

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