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Built: 1930

Tonnage: 5,821 / 8,150 dwt

Route: Haifa - Capetown - Hampton Roads 

Cargo: 3000 tons of potash, 2967 tons of cotton, 490 tons of gum and 18 tons of colonial produce.

Sunk 07 OCT 42  by  U-159 in position  35º 09’ S 16º 32ºE

32 Dead

33 Survivors

Completed in April 1930 as Boringia for A/S Det Østasiatiske Kompagni, Copenhagen. On 9 Apr 1940, seized by the French authorities in Marseilles and on 6 July handed over to Britain in Singapore and transferred to the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT).

On 1 Aug 1942, the Boringia collided with the British steam merchant Kalewa (4389 grt) which sank in 30°16S/13°38E. She picked up all survivors and returned to Capetown, where the ship was repaired for two months. 

At 23.55 hours on 7 Oct, 1942, the unescorted Boringia (Master Sofus Heinrick Konard Kolls) was hit amidships by one torpedo from U-159 about 200 miles west-southwest of Capetown. The ship sank 10 minutes after being hit aft by a coup de grâce at 00.06 hours on 8 October. The Germans questioned the survivors and misidentified their her victim as the motor merchant Selandia (8,482 grt). Unfortunately the second torpedo hit when the crew abandoned ship in the lifeboats, destroying two of them and killing most of the occupants. 21 crew members and four gunners were lost.

The master, 33 crew members and one gunner were picked up by the Clan Mactavish, which was sunk by the same U-boat a few hours later. The master and six crew members from Boringia died in the sinking. The remaining 27 crew members and one gunner were picked up by the British merchant Matheran and landed at Capetown.




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