Ships hit by U-boats


Canadian Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,779 tons
Completed1917 - Kawasaki Dockyard Co Ltd, Kobe 
OwnerMerchant Marine Ltd, Ottawa 
Date of attack12 Oct 1940Nationality:      Canadian
FateSunk by U-101 (Fritz Frauenheim)
Position57° 58'N, 16° 32'W - Grid AM 4214
Complement44 (28 dead and 16 survivors).
ConvoyHX-77 (straggler)
RouteSt. John, New Brunswick - Liverpool 
Cargo7274 tons of general cargo, including steel and grain 
History Completed in September 1917 as War Wolf for The Shipping Controller, managed by Furness, Withy & Co Ltd, Liverpool. In January 1920 sold to France and renamed Commandant Mages for Cie des Messageries Maritimes, Dunkirk. 1938 renamed Saint-Malô for Compagnie France-Navigation SA, Dunkirk. In August 1940 taken over by Canada at Halifax. 
Notes on event

At 23.25 hours on 12 Oct 1940 the Saint Malô, a straggler from convoy HX-77, was hit amidships by one torpedo from U-101, broke in two and sank after 30 minutes. 13 Canadian and three French crew members abandoned ship in one lifeboat and some rafts. The U-boat fished the 17 years old ship´s boy out of the water and transferred him to the boat after questioning.
Two days later, the boat was taken in tow by a lifeboat from Port Gisborne, which had been sunk by U-48 (Bleichrodt) on 11 October. The survivors transferred into the other lifeboat on 21 October and were all rescued by HMS Salvonia (W 43) (Lt G.M.M. Robinson, RNR) on the following day.

On boardWe have details of 29 people who were on board

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