King Frederick (3)

Date of attack

19 Jul 1944


Sunk by U-181 (Kurt Freiwald)

Position 09.29N, 71.45E - Grid MS 7974


56 (27 dead and 29 survivors).


Haifa - Port Said - Aden - Colombo - Calcutta


6600 tons of salt and mail

Notes on loss  

At 17.03 hours on 19 Jul, 1944, the unescorted King Frederick (Master Richard John Esslemont) was hit by one torpedo from U-181 in the Nine Degree Channel in the Arabian Sea. The wreck was later dispersed. 20 crew members, five gunners and two passengers (military personnel) were lost. The master, 27 crew members and one gunner abandoned ship and were questioned by the Germans. The survivors were picked up by the British Liberty ship Samshee and landed at Aden.


We have listing of 26 people who were on this vessel

Official Number

Ship Builder

Engine Builder

Engine Type


Hong Kong & Whampoa

Hong Kong

Hong Kong & Whampoa

Hong Kong

Steam 3 Cyl


2500 IHP



The following names are listed at the

Merchant Navy Memorial at Tower Hill

Torpedoed and Sunk in Indian Ocean 1944

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