Ships hit by U-boats


British Motor tanker

Photo courtesy of State Library of New South Wales

Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage8,190 tons
Completed1932 - Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Wallsend, Sunderland 
OwnerC.T. Bowring & Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack3 Feb 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-632 (Hans Karpf)
Position56° 37'N, 22° 58'W - Grid AL 6119
Complement47 (46 dead and 1 survivor).
ConvoyHX-224 (straggler)
RouteCuraƧao - New York (22 Jan) - Clyde 
Cargo12,000 tons of Admiralty fuel oil 
History Completed in March 1932 
Notes on event

At 21.54 hours on 3 Feb 1943 the unescorted Cordelia (Master Edward Marshall), a straggler from convoy HX-224, was torpedoed and sunk by U-632 south of Iceland. The master, 37 crew members and eight gunners were lost. The sole survivor, chief engineer I.C. Bingham, was taken prisoner by the U-boat and carelessly mentioned convoy SC-118 which was reported to the BdU. The convoy was subsequently attacked with the loss of nine ships. The survivor landed at Brest on 14 February and was taken to the German POW camp Milag Nord.

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