British Motor tanker
|Completed||1939 - Blythswood Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Glasgow|
|Owner||Western Oil Shipping Co, London|
|Date of attack||22 Feb 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||A total loss by U-96 (Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock)|
|Position||44° 15'N, 63° 25'W - Grid BB 7557|
|Complement||52 (50 dead and 2 survivors).|
|Route||Trinidad - Halifax (14 Feb) - Belfast|
|Cargo||12.700 tons of aviation spirit and fuel oil|
|Notes on event|
At 22.57 hours on 22 Feb 1942 the Kars (Master Arthur Falconer) was hit by one G7e torpedo from U-96 south of Halifax. The tanker had been in convoy HX-175, but lost the convoy and turned back. The ship caught fire and broke in two three days later. The forepart sank and the afterpart was towed to Halifax, where it was beached on 27 February and declared at total loss. The master, 45 crew members and four gunners were lost. Two crew members were picked up by HMCS Melville (J 263) (Lt R.T. Ingram) and landed at Halifax.
|On board||We have details of 46 people who were on board.|
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