Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Stuart Smith

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,267 tons
Completed1918 - Sir W.G. Armstrong, Whitworth & Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
OwnerElder Dempster Lines Ltd, Liverpool 
Date of attack29 Sep 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-32 (Hans Jenisch)
Position54° 00'N, 21° 00'W - Grid AL 4587
Complement50 (50 dead - no survivors)
ConvoyOB-218 (dispersed)
RouteLiverpool - New York 
History Completed in March 1918 as War Pointer for The Shipping Controller, managed by Cairns, Noble & Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. 1919 renamed Bassa for Elder Dempster Lines Ltd, Liverpool. 
Notes on event

At 00.53 hours on 29 September 1940 the unescorted Bassa (Master George Edward Anderson), dispersed only a few hours earlier from convoy OB-218, was hit aft by one torpedo from U-32 and sank by the stern southwest of Rockall. The Germans observed how the crew abandoned ship in lifeboats, but the survivors were never seen again. The master, 47 crew members and two gunners were lost.

On boardWe have details of 50 people who were on board

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