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  MV British Loyalty
Royal Navy
Motor Tanker

6,993 Tons

Ship History
Built by Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd in Jarrow, United Kingdom. Completed 1928.

Wartime History
On May 30, 1942 anchored in Diego-Suarez Bay (Antsiranana Bay) in the evening HA-20b Type A Midget Submarine fired a torpedo that hit the aft engine room and sank into shallow water off the lighthouse. Aboard five crew and one gunner were killed.

During December 1942, the sunken vessel was refloated and repaired. In October 1943 towed to Addu Atoll (Seenu) and used to store oil.

On March 9, 1944 at 9:00am while anchored off Vilingili Island, U-183 fired a torpedo that penetrated a gab in the anti-torpedo net across the Gan Channel and hit the vessel on the starboard side destroying the engine room and flooding the no. 7, no. 8 and no. 9 tanks causing a heavy starboard list. Counter flooding saved the ship from completely sinking. Afterwards, repaired and again used as a storage hulk.

Sinking History
On January 15, 1946 scuttled off Addu Atoll (Seenu) at roughly Lat 00°38´12S Long 73°07´24E.

References - Ships hit by U-Boats British Loyalty

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019


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