Ships hit by U-boats


British Motor merchant

Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage3,790 tons
Completed1927 - A. McMillan & Son Ltd, Dumbarton 
OwnerElder Dempster Lines Ltd, Liverpool 
Date of attack24 Sep 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-107 (G√ľnter Hessler)
Position31° 12'N, 23° 41'W - Grid DH 4178
Complement53 (2 dead and 51 survivors).
RoutePort Harcourt - Freetown (14 Sep) - Liverpool 
Cargo3046 tons of West African produce 
History Completed in October 1927 
Notes on event

At 06.31 hours on 24 Sep 1941, U-107 attacked convoy SL-87 southwest of Madeira and reported three ships sunk. These ships were John Holt, Lafian and Dixcove.

The master, 36 crew members, eight gunners and six passengers from the Dixcove (Master Richard Jones) were picked up by the Ashby and the Norwegian steam merchant Fana, later transferred to the HMS Gorleston (Y 92) (Cdr R.W. Keymer, RD, RN) and HMS Lulworth (Y 60) (LtCdr C. Gwinner, RN) and landed at Londonderry on 4 October. Two crew members were lost.

On boardWe have details of 5 people who were on board

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