Ships hit by U-boats


Svend Foyn

British Whale factory ship



NameSvend Foyn
Type:Whale factory ship
Tonnage14,795 tons
Completed1931 - Furness Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Haverton Hill, Middlesbrough 
OwnerSt. Helier Shipowners Ltd (Fadum & Wang), St. Helier, Jersey 
HomeportLondon 
Date of attack7 Oct 1941Nationality:      British
 
FateDamaged by U-502 (Jürgen von Rosenstiel)
Position60.37N, 21.44W - Grid AL 2211
Complement328 (30 dead and 298 survivors).
ConvoyHX-152 (straggler)
RouteNew York (23 Sep) - Halifax (28 Sep) - Liverpool 
CargoOil fuel and aircraft and tanks as deck cargo 
History Completed in August 1931 for Hvalfanger A/S Sydhavet (Johan Rasmussen & Co), Sandefjord. 1932 sold to St. Helier Shipowners Ltd (Hans Borge), London.

On 19 Mar, 1943, the Svend Foyn collided with an iceberg 70 miles south of Cape Farewell in 58°05N/44°15W and foundered two days later with the loss of 195 lives. 152 men were rescued. The ship was sailing as vessel of the vice commodore in convoy HX-229A from New York to Liverpool with a cargo of fuel oil. 
Notes on event

At 16.17 hours on 7 Oct, 1941, the Svend Foyn, a straggler from convoy HX-152, was torpedoed on the starboard side by U-502 but managed to escape and reached Reykjavik in tow on 11 October, assisted by HMS Sunflower (K 41) (LtCdr J.T. Jones, RNR). On 6 Dec, 1941, she was towed for seven days to Liverpool for permanent repairs at Birkenhead, returning to service in May 1942.

 

Location of attack on Svend Foyn.

ship damaged.


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