Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,390 tons
Completed1928 - Cammell Laird & Co Ltd, Birkenhead 
OwnerElders & Fyffes Ltd, London 
Date of attack30 Sep 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-37 (Victor Oehrn)
Position53° 00'N, 18° 00'W - Grid AL 6832
Complement68 (68 dead - no survivors)
RouteKingston, Jamaica - Garston 
Cargo1500 tons of bananas 
History Completed in February 1928 
Notes on event

At 10.13 hours on 30 Sep 1940 the unescorted Samala (Master Albert Edward Harvey) was hit amidships by one torpedo from U-37 west of Ireland. The U-boat did not wait until the ship sank to operate on a reported convoy, but fired a few rounds from the deck gun into the side to make sure that the ship will sink. The master, 64 crew members, one gunner and two passengers were lost.

On boardWe have details of 67 people who were on board

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