British Whale factory ship
|Type:||Whale factory ship|
|Completed||1931 - Furness Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Haverton Hill, Middlesbrough|
|Owner||St. Helier Shipowners Ltd (Fadum & Wang), St. Helier, Jersey|
|Date of attack||7 Oct 1941||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Damaged by U-502 (Jürgen von Rosenstiel)|
|Position||60° 37'N, 21° 44'W - Grid AL 2211|
|Complement||328 (30 dead and 298 survivors).|
|Route||New York (23 Sep) - Halifax (28 Sep) - Liverpool|
|Cargo||Oil 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.
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