British Troop transport
|Completed||1922 - Ateliers & Chantiers de la Loire, Nantes|
|Owner||Ellerman Lines Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||9 Dec 1943||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-596 (Victor-Wilhelm Nonn)|
|Position||39° 15'N, 17° 30'E - Grid CK 7445|
|Complement||197 (5 dead and 192 survivors).|
|Route||Taranto (8 Dec) - Augusta|
|History||Completed in November 1922 as steam merchant D’Iberville for Co Française de Navigation à Vapeur Chargeurs Réunis, Paris. 1925 converted to the steam passenger ship Cap Padaran. On 2 Nov 1941, the Vichy French Cap Padaran, en route from Marseilles to Indochina, was captured by HMS Carthage (F 99) (Capt B.O. Bell-Slater) south of Durban and brought to Port Elizabeth on 7 November. The vessel was taken over by the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) and used as troopship. |
|Notes on event|
At 13.17 hours on 9 Dec 1943 the Cap Padaran (Master Edward Garner) in convoy HA-11 was torpedoed and damaged by U-596 northeast of Cape Spartivento, Italy. The vessel was taken in tow, but the line parted and she sank after her back broke. Five crew members were lost. The master, 180 crew members and eleven gunners were picked up by the British armed trawler HMS Sheppey (T 292) (SubLt B.F. Wimbush) and landed at Augusta, Sicily.
|On board||We have details of 6 people who were on board.|
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