British Steam merchant
|Completed||1925 - William Dobson & Co, Walker-on-Tyne|
|Owner||Gibbs & Co, Cardiff|
|Date of attack||29 Jan 1941||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-94 (Herbert Kuppisch)|
|Position||56° 00'N, 15° 23'W - Grid AM 4137|
|Complement||37 (16 dead and 21 survivors).|
|Route||New York - Halifax - Newport|
|Cargo||7147 tons of steel|
|History||Completed in March 1925 |
|Notes on event|
At 06.18 hours on 29 Jan 1941 the West Wales (Master Frederick Charles Nicholls), a straggler from convoy SC-19, was hit amidships by one G7e torpedo from U-94 south-southwest of Rockall. At 06.29 hours, she was hit by a second G7e torpedo and settled by the stern. Immediately afterwards, the U-boat was forced to dive by gunfire from a destroyer and several times unsuccessfully attacked with depth charges. The master, 14 crew members and one gunner were lost. 17 crew members were picked up by HMS Antelope (H 36) (LtCdr R.T. White, DSO and Bar, RN) and four crew members by HMS Anthony (H 40) (LtCdr V.C.F. Clark, RN) and landed at Gourock.
|On board||We have details of 37 people who were on board.|
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