Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo from City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 447-2674

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,136 tons
Completed1924 - Short Bros Ltd, Pallion, Sunderland 
OwnerCommon Brothers Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
Date of attack5 May 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-266 (Ralf von Jessen)
Position53° 10'N, 44° 40'W - Grid AJ 8359
Complement46 (6 dead and 40 survivors).
RouteTyne - Oban - Halifax 
History Completed in May 1924 
Notes on event

At 21.50 hours on 5 May 1943, U-266 fired four torpedoes at convoy ONS-5 south of Cape Farewell and reported one ship sunk, one probably sunk and that two detonations had been heard. In fact the three ships Selvistan, Gharinda and Bonde in stations #91, #101 and #84 were hit within three minutes and sank.

One crew member and five gunners from the Selvistan (Master George Edward Miles) were lost. The master, 38 crew members and one gunner were picked up by HMS Tay (K 232) (LtCdr R.E. Sherwood, RNR) and landed at St. John’s.

On boardWe have details of 8 people who were on board

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