Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,306 tons
Completed1919 - Sunderland Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Sunderland 
OwnerBritish India Steam Navigation Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack5 May 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-266 (Ralf von Jessen)
Position53° 10'N, 44° 40'W - Grid AJ 8359
Complement92 (0 dead and 92 survivors).
RouteGlasgow (21 Apr) - Portland, Maine and New York 
History Ordered as War Mavis for The Shipping Controller, completed in October 1919 as Gharinda for British India Steam Navigation Co Ltd, London. 
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.

The master, 81 crew members and ten gunners from the Gharinda (Master Rodney Rosbrook Stone) were picked up by HMS Tay (K 232) (LtCdr R.E. Sherwood, RNR) and landed at St. John’s, Newfoundland.

On boardWe have details of 3 people who were on board

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