Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo from City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 447-1961

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,868 tons
Completed1927 - Cowpen Dry Docks & Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Blyth 
OwnerSir R. Ropner & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool 
HomeportWest Hartlepool 
Date of attack30 Nov 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-43 (Wolfgang Lüth)
Position36° 54'N, 29° 51'W - Grid CE 8234
Complement50 (17 dead and 33 survivors).
ConvoyOS-12 (straggler)
RouteMiddlesbrough - Freetown - Pepel 
History Completed in December 1927 
Notes on event

At 19.26 hours on 30 Nov 1941 the Ashby (Master Tom Valentine Frank, OBE), a straggler from convoy OS-12, was hit aft by one of two G7e torpedoes from U-43 and sank by the stern within 4 minutes 170 miles south-southeast of Flores, Azores. The master, eleven crew members and five gunners were lost. 28 crew members and five gunners landed at Fayal, embarked on the Portuguese destroyer Lima (D 333), transferred and were brought to Lisbon by the Portuguese merchant Carvalho Araujo.

On boardWe have details of 18 people who were on board

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