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Stuart Smith



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WAR ACONITE (starboard rear)

An A Type Standard built for the Shipping Controller by William Doxford and Sons, Pallion, Sunderland and launched as a 5329 ton 3-cylinder steam merchant on 27 July 1918.
During October 1919 she was sold to The Hain Steamship Co. and renamed Trefusis.
On 5 March 1943 she was sailing as part of Convoy XK-2 on voyage Pepal-Gibraltar-London with a cargo of 7400 tons of iron-ore.
She was under the command of Master Robert Tyres Browne when at 17.45 hours the convoy was attacked by U-130 northwest of Lisbon and sank four ships, one being Trefusis.
Three crew members were lost while the master, 37 crew members and 6 gunners were picked up by HMS Coreopsis and then transferred to HMS Loch Oskaig. They were all later landed at Londonderry.
U-130 did not have long to savour her victory as she was sunk with all hands one week later on 12 March west of the Azores by depth charges from the US destroyer USS Champlin.

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