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Name: BRITISH LOYALTY
Type: Tanker
Launched: 27/09/1927
Completed: 01/1928
Builder: Palmer's Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd
Yard: Jarrow
Yard Number: 969
Dimensions: 10440dwt, 6993grt, 4167nrt, 440.7 x 57.1 x 33.9ft
Engines: Oil engine, 2SCSA, 6cyl (26.75 x 47.25), 642nhp, 3740bhp
Engines by: Sulzer Bros, Winterthur
Propulsion: 1 x Screw, 10.0knots
Construction: Steel
Reg Number: 149977
History:
01/1928 British Tanker Co Ltd, London
09/03/1944 Sank
Comments: 30/05/1942: Japanese midget submarine M-20b, launched by Japanese submarine I-20,
penetrated the roads of Diego Suarez, Madagascar and hit HMS RAMILLIES and BRITISH LOYALTY with one torpedo each. The tanker was hit aft in the engine room and sank with the loss of 5 crew and 1 gunner.
12/1942: Refloated & repaired,
10/1943: Used as an oil storage hulk at Addu Atoll
09/03/1944: Hit by a torpedo fired by U-Boat U183 through a gap in the torpedo net.
Completely wrecked the engine room & flooded nos 7-8-9 tanks causing a list to starboard.
Repaired and used as a hulk again
17/01/1946: Scuttled


Photo courtesy of Kevin Blair