British Motor tanker
|Completed||1929 - William Hamilton & Co Ltd, Port Glasgow|
|Owner||United Molasses Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||23 Sep 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-617 (Albrecht Brandi)|
|Position||58° 42'N, 33° 38'W - Grid AK 2565|
|Complement||61 (51 dead and 10 survivors).|
|Route||Port Everglades, Florida - Halifax (12 Sep) - Liverpool|
|Cargo||13,250 tons of molasses and alcohol|
|History||Completed in November 1929 |
|Notes on event|
At 00.19 hours on 23 September 1942 the Athelsultan (Master James Dominic Donovan), the ship of convoy commodore in convoy SC-100, was torpedoed and sunk by U-617 southeast of Cape Farewell. The commodore (Capt N.H. Gale, DSO, RD, RNR), six naval staff members, 35 crew members, seven gunners and two passengers (DBS) were lost. The master and two crew members were picked up by HMCS Weyburn (K 173) (T/A/LtCdr T.M.W. Golby, RCNR) and seven crew members by HMS Nasturtium (K 107) (Lt C.D. Smith, DSC, RNR) and landed at Londonderry.
The master James Dominic Donovan was awarded the Lloyds War Medal for bravery at sea.
|On board||We have details of 55 people who were on board.|
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