British Steam merchant
|Type:||Steam merchant (Ocean (British Liberty))|
|Completed||1941 - Permanente Metals Corp, Richmond CA|
|Owner||Larrinaga & Co Ltd, Liverpool|
|Date of attack||8 Feb 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-108 (Klaus Scholtz)|
|Position||37° 05'N, 74° 46'W - Grid CA 8142|
|Complement||45 (31 dead and 14 survivors).|
|Route||Vancouver, British Columbia - Cristobal - Hampton Roads - UK|
|Cargo||9115 tons of foodstuffs and four aircraft as deck cargo|
|History||Completed in December 1941 for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) |
|Notes on event|
At 10.35 hours on 8 Feb 1942 the unescorted Ocean Venture (Master Reginald Sharpe Craston) was hit by one torpedo from U-108 near Cape Hatteras and stopped. The crew abandoned ship after being hit amidships by a coup de grâce, but the vessel remained afloat and sank by the bow following a second coup de grâce at 11.16 hours. 29 crew members and two gunners were lost. The master and 13 crew members were picked up by USS Roe (DD 418) and landed at Norfolk, Virginia.
|On board||We have details of 32 people who were on board.|
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