Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,414 tons
Completed1942 - Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow 
OwnerAsiatic Steam Navigation Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack18 Aug 1944Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-862 (Heinrich Timm)
Position15° 00'S, 42° 00'E - Grid KE 2342
Complement91 (91 dead - no survivors)
RouteDurban (13 Aug) - Dar es Salaam, Tanganyika - Bombay 
CargoGeneral cargo, including ammunition 
History Completed in January 1942 
Notes on event

On 18 August 1944 the unescorted Nairung (Master John Murray) was torpedoed and sunk by U-862 from a distance of roughly 1000 meters northeast of Mozambique. The master, 82 crew members and eight gunners were lost. The ship blew up in such a violent explosion that some crewmen aboard the U-boat thought that they had been struck by their own torpedo, while debris struck the U-boat without damaging her. Timm inspected the location of the sinking, but no survivors were found. The engineers recovered some copper wire from wreckage.

On boardWe have details of 91 people who were on board

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