Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage7,422 tons
Completed1921 - ScottĀ“s Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Greenock 
OwnerAlfred Holt & Co, Liverpool 
Date of attack1 Sep 1944Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-859 (Johann Jebsen)
Position14° 10'N, 61° 04'E - Grid MQ 6249
Complement101 (6 dead and 95 survivors).
RouteColombo - Aden - Liverpool 
Cargo2700 tons of coconut oil, 2300 tons of tea, 2000 tons of copra and mail 
History Completed in September 1921

In June 1942 the Troilus was the leading ship in the convoy Harpoon to Malta. 
Notes on event

On 1 Sep 1944 the unescorted Troilus (Master Evan Williams) was torpedoed and sunk by U-859 about 300 miles northeast of Socotra Island. Four crew members and two passengers were lost. The master, 66 crew members, 12 gunners and 16 passengers were picked up by HMS Nadder (K 392) (T/A/LtCdr P.E. Kitto, RNR) and HMS Taff (K 637) (Cdr G.A.G. Ormsby, DSO, DSC, RN) after being sighted by a Dutch Catalina aircraft (321 Sqdn RAF) and landed at Aden on 10 September.

On boardWe have details of 9 people who were on board

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