Ships hit by U-boats


British Motor merchant

Photo courtesy of the Allen Collection

Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage5,268 tons
Completed1928 - Short Bros Ltd, Pallion, Sunderland 
OwnerLawther, Latta & Co (Nitrate Producers SS Co), London 
Date of attack25 Jun 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-153 (Wilfried Reichmann)
Position25° 12'N, 55° 31'W - Grid DP 2655
Complement50 (1 dead and 49 survivors).
RouteVizagapatam - Capetown (3 Jun) - Ascension - Baltimore 
History Completed in July 1928 
Notes on event

On 25 June 1942 the unescorted Anglo-Canadian (Master David John Williams, OBE) was torpedoed and sunk by U-153 about 800 miles northeast of Antigua. One crew member was lost. After the ship was sunk, U-153 used a spotlight to check for survivors in the water, in order to enable them to be brought into the lifeboats. The survivors received water and 15 American cigarettes from the U-boat. The master, 38 crew members and ten gunners landed on St. Kitts, Windward Islands.

On boardWe have details of 2 people who were on board

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