Ships hit by U-boats


Panamanian Steam merchant

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,560 tons
Completed1920 - Canadian Vickers Ltd, Montreal, Quebec 
OwnerCia Centroamericana de Nav. Ltda, Panama 
Date of attack20 Sep 1940Nationality:      Panamanian
FateSunk by U-138 (Wolfgang Lüth)
Position55° 54'N, 7° 24'W - Grid AM 5365
Complement34 (8 dead and 26 survivors).
RouteBarry, South Wales - Sierra Leone - Takoradi 
History Completed in January 1920 as Canadian Planter for the Canadian Government (Merchant Marine Ltd), Montreal. 1928 transferred to Canadian National Steamships Ltd, Montreal. 1936 sold to Montreal, Australia, New Zealand Line Ltd (MANZ) Line Ltd, Montreal. Later that year sold to Yugoslavia and renamed Boka for Zetska Plovidba Ackionarsko Drustvo, Kotor. 1940 registered in Panama. 
Notes on event

Between 21.20 and 21.26 hours on 20 Sep 1940, U-138 fired three torpedoes at convoy OB-216 52 miles northwest of Rathlin Island and reported three ships totalling 20.000 tons sunk. The three ships sunk were New Sevilla, Boka and City of Simla.

Eight crew members from Boka were lost. The survivors were picked up by HMS Arabis (K 73) (LtCdr B. Blewitt, RNR) and landed at Londonderry.


If you can help us with any additional information on this vessel then please contact us.

Return to Allied Ships hit by U-boats