British Steam tanker
|Completed||1924 - Sir James Laing & Sons Ltd, Sunderland|
|Owner||British Tanker Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||19 Aug 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-564 (Reinhard Suhren)|
|Position||11° 58'N, 62° 38'W - Grid ED 9453|
|Complement||42 (2 dead and 40 survivors).|
|Route||Trinidad (18 Aug) - Key West, Florida|
|History||Completed in November 1924|
At 05.32 hours on 19 Feb 1942, U-161 (Achilles) fired two stern torpedoes into the harbour of Port of Spain, Trinidad and hit the Mokihana and the British Consul lying at anchor. Both ships sank in shallow waters and were later salvaged.
|Notes on event|
At 10.07 hours on 19 Aug 1942, U-564 attacked convoy TAW(S) 85 miles northwest of Boca Grande, Trinidad and observed three hits after 2 minutes 5 seconds and one after 2 minutes 50 seconds. Suhren claimed that he sank two ships and damaged two. In fact, the British Consul and the Empire Cloud were sunk. The tanker was probably hit by more than one torpedo.
Two crew members from the British Consul (Master James Kennedy) were lost. The master, 34 crew members, four gunners and one passenger (DBS) were picked up by HMS Clarkia (K 88) (LtCdr F.J.G. Jones, RNR) and landed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
|On board||We have details of 4 people who were on board.|
Attack entries for British Consul
|19 Feb 1942||U-161||Kptlt. Albrecht Achilles||Damaged||6,940|
|19 Aug 1942||U-564||Kptlt. Reinhard Suhren||Sunk||6,940|
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