British Steam merchant
|Completed||1927 - Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow|
|Owner||Blue Star Line Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||16 May 1941||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-105 (Georg Schewe)|
|Position||5° 03'N, 19° 02'W - Grid ET 7133|
|Complement||83 (0 dead and 83 survivors).|
|Route||Fray Bentos, Uruguay - Santos - Freetown - Glasgow|
|Cargo||7000 tons of refrigerated and general cargo|
|History||Built as Rodneystar 1929 renamed Rodney Star |
|Notes on event|
At 05.48 hours on 16 May 1941 the unescorted Rodney Star (Master Samuel John Clement Phillips) was hit in the stern by one of two torpedoes from U-105 about 420 miles west-southwest of Freetown. The ship was hit in the bow and amidships by two coups de grâce at 06.20 and 07.46 hours, but remained afloat. The U-boat surfaced and fired 91 high explosive rounds and 22 incendiary rounds from the deck gun into the waterline. Shortly before the ship sank by the stern in 05°08N/19°15W at 09.30 hours, a shell exploded in the barrel which was tore apart and wounded six men of the gun crew.
|On board||We have details of 2 people who were on board.|
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