Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Paul Johnson Collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,802 tons
Completed1929 - Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow 
OwnerDonaldson Brothers Ltd, Glasgow 
Date of attack25 Sep 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-43 (Wilhelm Ambrosius)
Position53° 43'N, 20° 10'W - Grid AL 6784
Complement57 (1 dead and 56 survivors).
ConvoyOB-217 (dispersed)
RouteGlasgow - Montreal 
Cargo540 tons of general cargo and livestock 
History Completed in October 1929 
Notes on event

At 13.30 hours on 25 Sep 1940 the unescorted Sulairia (Master Robert Clarke Young), dispersed from convoy OB-217 on 25 September, was hit in the stern by one G7e torpedo from U-43 and sank slowly about 356 miles west of Achill Head, Co. Mayo. One crew member was lost. The master and 55 crew members were picked up by HMCS Ottawa (H 60) (Cdr E.R. Mainguy, RCN) and landed at Gourock on 27 September.

On boardWe have details of 2 people who were on board

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