Ile de Batz
British Steam merchant
|Name||Ile de Batz|
|Completed||1918 - Skinner & Eddy Corp, Seattle WA|
|Owner||Andrew Weir & Co, London|
|Date of attack||17 Mar 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-68 (Karl-Friedrich Merten)|
|Position||04.04N, 08.04W - Grid EU 8511|
|Complement||43 (4 dead and 39 survivors).|
|Route||Rangoon - Capetown (4 Mar) - Freetown - UK|
|Cargo||6605 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).
|On board||We have details of 5 people who were on board.|
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