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28)BRADFORD CITY




Photo. City of Vancouver Archives



Built 1936


Tonnage: 4,952 / 9,543 tons


Route: Port Louis, Mauritius - Capetown - Freetown - UK 


Cargo 9,500 tons of sugar and rum 


Sunk 01/Nov/1941 by U-68 on pos. 22º.59"S, 09º.49"E


0 Dead


45 Survivors


At 06.54 hours on 1 Nov, 1941, the unescorted Bradford City (Master Henry Paul) was hit by one of three torpedoes from U-68 about 300 miles west of Walvis Bay, South West Africa. Shortly afterwards the submerged U-boat collided slightly with its target because they had problems in keeping the depth and came to the surface only 10 metres from the ship.


Luckily for the Germans the crew was already abandoning ship in two lifeboats and did not fire at the U-boat, which immediately dived again and only had a bent bow from this encounter. The ship developed a list to port and sank quickly. The master, 36 crew members and eight gunners were then questioned by the Germans and later made landfall near Walvis Bay and were rescued by South African troops. 


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