Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of the Allen Collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,434 tons
Completed1919 - S.P. Austin & Son Ltd, Sunderland 
OwnerEllerman & Papayanni Lines Ltd, Liverpool 
Date of attack9 Sep 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-28 (G√ľnter Kuhnke)
Position56° 37'N, 9° 00'W - Grid AM 0294
Complement38 (6 dead and 32 survivors).
RouteTrinidad - Sydney - Methil - London 
Cargo3500 tons of pitch 
History Laid down as War Almond for The Shipping Controller, completed in August 1919 as Mardinian for Ellerman Lines Ltd, London. 1937 transferred to Ellerman & Papayanni Lines Ltd, Liverpool. 
Notes on event

At 04.47 hours on 9 Sep 1940 the Mardinian (Master Joseph Every) in convoy SC-2 was hit underneath the bridge by one torpedo from U-28 and sank after 30 minutes about 100 miles north-northwest of Bloody Foreland. Six crew members were lost. The master 19 crew members and one gunner were picked up by HMS St. Apollo and landed at Belfast. Ten crew members landed at Leverburgh, South Uist and one crew member was rescued by HMS Aurania (F 28) (A/Capt I.W. Whitehorn).

On boardWe have details of 7 people who were on board

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