Ships hit by U-boats


Yugoslavian Steam merchant

Rad under her former name Thistletor. Photo courtesy of State Library of New South Wales

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,201 tons
Completed1910 - Irvine’s Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co Ltd, Middleton Shipyard, West Hartlepool 
OwnerPlovidba Rad (Banaz & Rusko), Dubrovnik 
Date of attack3 Aug 1940Nationality:      Yugoslavian
FateSunk by UA (Hans Cohausz)
Position11° 20'N, 21° 00'W - Grid EJ 9583
Complement29 (0 dead and 29 survivors).
RouteBaltimore - Durban 
History Completed in August 1910 as British Thistletor for Albyn Line Ltd (Allan, Black & Co), Sunderland. 1930 sold to Yugoslavia and renamed Rad for Plovidba Rad (Banaz & Rusko), Dubrovnik. 
Notes on event

At 19.00 hours on 3 Aug 1940 the unescorted Rad was stopped with gunfire by UA and the crew had to abandon ship after it was discovered that she carried contraband. At 20.15 hours a coup de grâce was fired that broke the ship in two and caused her to sink within 15 minutes. The survivors were picked up by the British steam merchant Grodno and landed at Freetown.


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