Ships hit by U-boats

City of Oran

British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of the Allen Collection

NameCity of Oran
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage7,323 tons
Completed1915 - W. Gray & Co, West Hartlepool 
OwnerEllerman Lines Ltd, London 
Date of attack3 Aug 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-196 (Eitel-Friedrich Kentrat)
Position13° 45'S, 41° 16'E - Grid LT 8582
Complement86 (0 dead and 86 survivors).
RouteDurban (26 Jul) - Mombasa - Colombo 
Cargo8005 tons of coal 
History Completed in September 1915 
Notes on event

At 00.24 hours on 3 Aug 1943, U-196 attacked convoy CB-1 about 100 miles northeast of Memba Bay, Tanganyika and reported one ship sunk and one left burning and in a sinking condition. However, only the City of Oran (Master Frederick William Letton) was hit. The vessel was later scuttled by gunfire by HMS Masterful (W 20). The master, 75 crew members and ten gunners were picked up by the tug and landed at Mombasa.

On boardWe have details of 1 people who were on board

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