ss Nailsea Court
site is dedicated to the memory of the officers and men of the ss Nailsea Court lost in
action during the Battle of The Atlantic on the 10th March 1943
Events - ss Nailsea Court
The ss Nailsea
Court was owned by E.R. Management Co. LTD (Evans & Reid) - Cardiff and was built in 1936 by
the Bantham Steamship Co. Ltd. Her
GRT was 4946.
On the 10/3/43 she was torpedoed and sunk by U-229
(Oberleutant Schetelig), part of the 'Ostmark' patrol group of eleven U-boats, in the Atlantic S of
Reykjavik, in position 58.45N 21.57W.
Her last voyage
was as part of Convoy SC 121 which comprised of 57 ships. The passage was from Beira to New York
23.2.43 and then London. She was carrying 2 passengers and 7661 tons of general cargo including 650
tons of copper bars, 800 tons of nickel ore and asbestos.
The Master, Capt.
Robert James Lee (aged 46 and from Penarth, South Wales), 33 crew, 9 gunners and passengers were
lost. One crewmember was rescued by the rescue ship Melrose Abbey 1908/29 (Capt Ralph Good OBE) and
landed at Gourock 13.3.43; Another 3 crew were rescued by RCN corvette Dauphin 925/40 (K.157) (Lt
M.H. Wallace) and landed at Londonderry 13.3.43.
Mr H C Bette provided a first hand account of the nights terrible events which you can read here
Record of 1943 Interview with
See Robert Schetelig and his crew of 49 were subsequently lost in the North Atlantic on the 22nd
September 1943 when the U-229, then part of the 'Leuthen' patrol group of nineteen U-boats, was
sunk by depth charges, gunfire and ramming while attacking convoy ON 202 comprising 38 ships in the
Atlantic 430 miles ESE of Cape Farewell, in position 54.36N 36.25W by HM destroyer leader Keppel
1750/20 (D.84) (Cdr M.J.Evans) of Escort Group B.
was subsequently lost in action on the 7th May 1944.
factual information is now available by searching on-line, but there is little passed down by
relatives of those brave men.