British Steam merchant
|Completed||1917 - W. Gray & Co, West Hartlepool|
|Owner||Coronation Steamship Co Ltd (Frank S. Dawson Ltd), Cardiff|
|Date of attack||7 Dec 1939||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-38 (Heinrich Liebe)|
|Position||67° 52'N, 14° 28'E - Grid AF 3618|
|Complement||44 (13 dead and 31 survivors).|
|Route||Port Talbot - Narvik|
|History||Completed in November 1917 as Anglesea for Cardigan SS Co Ltd (Jenkins Bros), Cardiff. 1922 renamed Portgwarra for Portfield SS Co Ltd (W.E. Hinde & Co Ltd), Cardiff. 1932 renamed Thomas Walton for Coronation Steamship Co Ltd (Frank S. Dawson Ltd), Cardiff. |
|Notes on event|
At 17.09 hours on 7 Dec 1939, U-38 fired a spread of two G7a torpedoes at the unescorted Thomas Walton (Master Percy Dudley Townsend) inside Norwegian territorial waters south of Svolvaer and hit her with one torpedo forward of the bridge, causing the ship to break in two and sink. 13 crew members were lost. At 19.10 hours, the U-boat fired a G7e torpedo on the steamer that stopped to rescue the survivors but it became a circle runner that detonated at the shore after 8 minutes. Shortly after this attack they discovered that this was the German steam merchant Sebu, which picked up the master and 30 crew members and landed them at Bodo, Norway.
|On board||We have details of 16 people who were on board.|
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