Ships hit by U-boats

Ile de Batz

British Steam merchant

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NameIle de Batz
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,755 tons
Completed1918 - Skinner & Eddy Corp, Seattle WA 
OwnerAndrew Weir & Co, London 
Date of attack17 Mar 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-68 (Karl-Friedrich Merten)
Position04.04N, 08.04W - Grid EU 8511
Complement43 (4 dead and 39 survivors).
RouteRangoon - Capetown (4 Mar) - Freetown - UK 
Cargo6605 tons of general cargo and rice 
History Built as American West Hobomac for Lykes Bros SS Co Inc, New Orleans. 1940 given to France and renamed Île de Batz, later that year taken over by Britain and transferred to the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 
Notes on event

At 06.35 hours on 17 Mar, 1942, the unescorted Ile de Batz (Master A.J. Watts) was torpedoed and damaged by U-68 28 miles southwest of Cape Palmas. The ship was sunk after 07.51 hours with 33 high explosive rounds of 10.5cm gunfire. Four crew members were lost. The master, 34 crew members and four gunners landed at Cape Palmas and were brought to Freetown by the HMCS Weyburn (K 173) (Lt Thomas M.H. Golby).

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Location of attack on Ile de Batz.

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