Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,408 tons
Completed1920 - Harland & Wolff Ltd, Govan, Glasgow 
OwnerElder Dempster Lines Ltd, Liverpool 
Date of attack5 Aug 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-56 (Otto Harms)
Position55° 44'N, 8° 04'W - Grid AM 5349
Complement53 (3 dead and 50 survivors).
RouteCardiff - Lagos 
Cargo10.000 tons of coal 
History Completed in February 1920 
Notes on event

At 21.38 hours on 5 Aug 1940, U-56 fired a spread of two torpedoes at convoy OB-193 northwest of Malin Head and observed that one missed and the other detonated at the end of the run after 7 minutes 25 seconds. However, the Boma (Master Charles Eric Anders) was hit in this attack and sank the next day. Three crew members were lost. The master, 47 crew members and two gunners were picked up by the Vilja, transferred to HMS Viscount (D 92) (LtCdr M.S. Townsend, OBE, DSC, RN) and landed at Liverpool.

On boardWe have details of 4 people who were on board

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