King Frederick (3)

Date of attack

19 Jul 1944

Fate

Sunk by U-181 (Kurt Freiwald)

Position 09.29N, 71.45E - Grid MS 7974

Complement

56 (27 dead and 29 survivors).

Route

Haifa - Port Said - Aden - Colombo - Calcutta

Cargo

6600 tons of salt and mail

Official Number

Ship Builder

Engine Builder

Engine Type


146631


Hong Kong & Whampoa

Hong Kong


Hong Kong & Whampoa

Hong Kong


Steam 3 Cyl

HP


2500 IHP

Screws


1

Torpedoed and Sunk in The Indian Ocean - 1944

King Frederick

Left  Haifa

For  Calcutta via Port Said, Aden & Colombo

Lost  19 July 1944

Fate

Master

R J Esslemont

Survived

Chief Officer

T Monkhouse

Lost

Third Officer

H O Jones

Lost

Radio Operator

J C G Robinson

Survived

Second Engineer

A F Cullen

Lost

Fourth Engineer

H C Lampriere

Lost

Chief Steward

N G Puckey

Lost

Carpenter

D H Rowlands

Lost

Donkeyman

E Ghalib

Lost

Greaser

A Abdulla

Lost

Firemen Trimmers

M Aden

A Gubadleh

H Hassan

H Hersi

O Hussein

A Jama

M A Musa

J Noor

W D Omar

A Serrah

All Lost

Cook

H Kendrew

Lost

Asst Steward

W J Carver

Lost

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.

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