I was interested to read about the SS Arandora Star in the April 2019 issue of Sea Breezes.
It sparked off a train of thoughts.
I have, in my possession, a small silver trinket box from the ship, see above. Presumably, it would have been purchased from a shipboard shop in her cruising days. I believe she belonged to F Leyland & Co Ltd.
Details as follows:- Built Cammel Lairds, Birkenhead 1927. GRT 15,501, DWT 6,800. Length 535ft Beam, 68.4ft Draught 28.1ft, Speed 16 knots. Torpedoed 2 July 1940 by U-47 in position 55 - 20 N by 10 - 33 W. Finally sank in position 56 - 30 N by 10 - 38 W. 761 survived, 847 perished.
The U-Boat, U-47, was commanded by Kapitänleutnant Gunther Prein, of Scapa Flow fame. U-47 was a Type V11 B, U-Boat with a crew of 44 and built by Germaniawerft. Keil. Length 66.5m, Beam 16.2m, Draught 5.7m. Displacement 753 tons surfaced, 857 tons submerged. Speed surfaced 17.2 knots, submerged 8 knots. Powered by 2 x 1,400 bhp Diesel engines or 2 x 375 bhp Electric motors. Endurance Surfaced 6,500 miles. Submerged 90 miles. Armament 5 torpedo tubes, 4 in the bows and one in the stern. 1 x 8.8cm gun 1 x 2cm machine gun.
On 7/8 March 1941, Prein and the crew of U-47 were lost when attacking convoy OB 293. The noise from a damaged propeller shaft gave away the U-Boat’s position to the escort vessels on the surface.
DAVID H SELLARS