Ships hit by U-boats

Carmarthen Coast

British Steam merchant

Carmarthen Coast under her former name Nova. Photo courtesy of H. Larsson-Feddes collection.

NameCarmarthen Coast
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage961 tons
Completed1921 - Ardrossan Dockyard & Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Ardrossan 
OwnerCoast Lines Ltd, Liverpool 
Date of attack9 Nov 1939Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-24 (Harald Jeppener-Haltenhoff)
Position54° 51'N, 1° 16'W - Grid AN 5495
Complement17 (2 dead and 15 survivors).
RouteKirkcaldy - Methil (3 Nov) – London 
Cargo1000 tons of general cargo, including granite curb-stones and rolls of linoleum 
History Laid down as Norwegian Svanfos, completed in December 1921 as Langfjord for A/S Den Norske Amerikalinje, Oslo. 1921 renamed Nova for Det Bergenske D/S, Bergen. 1922 sold to Britain and renamed Carmarthen Coast
Notes on event

At 07.20 hours on 9 Nov 1939 the Carmarthen Coast (Master J.O. Rowlands) struck a mine, laid on 26 October by U-24 and sank by the stern after about ten minutes about 3 miles east of Seaham harbor. Two crew members on watch below were killed and six men injured. The master and 14 crew members abandoned ship in the starboard lifeboat within five minutes and were rescued by the Seaham Lifeboat, reaching the shore after about one and a half hours.

On boardWe have details of 17 people who were on board

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