Ships hit by U-boats


British Motor passenger ship

Photo courtesy of State Library of New South Wales

Type:Motor passenger ship
Tonnage7,816 tons
Completed1922 - Harland & Wolff Ltd, Greenock 
OwnerElder Dempster Lines Ltd, Liverpool 
Date of attack8 Jun 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-107 (G√ľnter Hessler)
Position8° 30'N, 14° 39'W - Grid ET 2934
Complement425 (10 dead and 415 survivors).
ConvoyOB-323 (dispersed)
RouteLiverpool (17 May) - Freetown - Takoradi - Accra - Lagos 
Cargo613 tons of general cargo 
History Laid down as Ancobra, completed in November 1922 as Adda
Notes on event

At 04.42 hours on 8 June 1941 the Adda (Master John Tate Marshall), the ship of convoy commodore from the dispersed convoy OB-323, was hit aft by a G7a torpedo from U-107 and sank slowly 82 miles west-southwest of Freetown. The commodore (W.H. Kelly, CBE, DSO, RD, RNR), seven crew members and two passengers were lost. The master, 141 crew members, four gunners, five naval staff members and 264 passengers were picked up by HMS Cyclamen (K 83) (Lt H.N. Lawson, RNR) and landed at Freetown on 8 June.

On boardWe have details of 83 people who were on board

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