Ships hit by U-boats


Helenus

British Steam merchant



Photo courtesy of State Library of New South Wales

NameHelenus
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage7,366 tons
Completed1913 - ScottĀ“s Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Greenock 
OwnerAlfred Holt & Co, Liverpool 
HomeportLiverpool 
Date of attack3 Mar 1942Nationality:      British
 
FateSunk by U-68 (Karl-Friedrich Merten)
Position06.01N, 12.02W - Grid ET 6685
Complement82 (6 dead and 76 survivors).
Convoy
RoutePenang, Malaya - Capetown (20 Feb) - Freetown - Liverpool 
CargoGeneral cargo, including 4248 tons of rubber and 1350 tons of copper 
History Completed in November 1913 
Notes on event

At 17.21 hours on 3 Mar, 1942, the unescorted Helenus (Master Philip Walter Savery) was hit by two torpedoes from U-68 and sank in a short time about 200 miles south of Freetown. One crew member, four gunners and one passenger were lost. The master, 73 crew members, one gunner and one passenger were picked up by the British steam merchant Beaconsfield and landed at Freetown on 5 March. Large parts of the cargo of rubber were later washed ashore in Takoradi.

 
On boardWe have details of 7 people who were on board

Location of attack on Helenus.

ship sunk.


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