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SHIPS SUNK ENGLAND 237 - P Q R

15)RODNEY STAR U-105




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Built 1926


Tonnage 11,803 /12,080 tons


Cargo. 7,000 tons of refrigerated and general cargo 


Route: Fray Bentos, Uruguay - Santos - Freetown - Glasgow 


Sunk 16 May 41 by U-105 on pos 05º 08”N 19º 15”W


0 Dead


83 Survivors


At 05.48 hours on 16 May, 1941, the unescorted Rodney Star (Master Samuel John Clement) was hit in the stern by one of two torpedoes from U-105 about 420 miles west-southwest of Freetown. The ship was hit in the bow and amidships by two coups de grâce at 06.20 and 07.46 hours, but remained afloat.


The U-boat surfaced and fired 91 high explosive rounds and 22 incendiary rounds from the deck gun into the waterline. Shortly before the ship sank by the stern in 05°08N/19°15W at 09.30 hours, a shell exploded in the barrel which was tore apart and wounded six men of the gun crew. The survivors were picked up after six days by HMS Boreas (H 77) (LtCdr D.H. Maitland-Makgill Crichton) and Batna and landed at Takoradi on 23 May. 


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