Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Cato in River Avon during June 1936. Photo courtesy of Robin Craig Collection.

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage710 tons
Completed1914 - Campbeltown Shipbuilding Co, Campbeltown, Argyllshire 
OwnerBristol Steam Navigation Co Ltd, Bristol 
Date of attack3 Mar 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-29 (Otto Schuhart)
Position51° 24'N, 3° 37'W - Grid AM 9947
Complement15 (13 dead and 2 survivors).
RouteDublin (2 Mar) - Bristol 
Cargo400 tons of general cargo 
History Completed in June 1914 
Notes on event

On 3 March 1940 the unescorted and unarmed Cato (Master Richard Martin) struck a mine laid on 2 March by U-29 and sank 2.5 miles west of Nash Point in the Bristol Channel. The master and twelve crew members were lost. Two crew members were picked up by HMS Akita (FY 610) (ChSkr W.A. Watson, DSC, RNR).

On boardWe have details of 13 people who were on board

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