Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Stuart Smith

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,558 tons
Completed1930 - Scott´s Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Greenock 
OwnerCampbell Brothers & Co, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
Date of attack4 Aug 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-181 (Wolfgang Lüth)
Position20° 53'S, 56° 43'E - Grid KG 8155
Complement43 (3 dead and 40 survivors).
RouteLourenço Marques - Durban (22 Jul) - Aden - Alexandria 
Cargo6821 tons of coal 
History Completed in April 1930

On 2 May 1942 the Dalfram struck a mine laid by Doggerbank off South Africa in position 34°10S/17°49E. The ship was en route from New York to Alexandria with general cargo and had just departed Capetown when she hit the mine. She made it back to the harbor under her own power and was repaired. 
Notes on event

At 04.03 hours on 4 August 1943 U-181 fired a spread of three torpedoes at the unescorted Dalfram (Master David H. Hogg) and hit her with one torpedo east of Madagascar. The ship sank within one minute after being hit amidships by a coup de grâce at 04.53 hours. Three crew members were lost. The master, 34 crew members and five gunners abandoned ship in the lifeboats, were questioned by the Germans and landed after eight days on the island of Ile Ste Marie, east of Madagascar.

On boardWe have details of 8 people who were on board

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