Ships hit by U-boats


British Motor merchant

Photo courtesy of Neill Potts

Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage5,459 tons
Completed1939 - Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Dundee 
OwnerElder Dempster Lines Ltd, Liverpool 
Date of attack18 Feb 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-103 (Viktor Schütze)
Position58° 48'N, 18° 17'W - Grid AL 3488
Complement58 (58 dead - no survivors)
RouteMonrovia, Liberia - Liverpool 
CargoWest African produce 
History Completed in February 1939 
Notes on event

At 21.33 hours on 18 February 1941 the unescorted Seaforth (Master Walter Minns) was hit amidships by one torpedo from U-103 about 300 miles south of Iceland and sank quickly after being hit in the stern by a coup de grâce at 21.50 hours. The ship had been spotted in heavy seas at 13.55 hours and missed by a first torpedo at 21.30 hours. The U-boat observed that lifeboats were launched after the first hit, but the master, 46 crew members, two gunners and nine passengers were lost.

On boardWe have details of 58 people who were on board

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