Ships hit by U-boats


British Motor merchant

Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage5,575 tons
Completed1940 - J. Readhead & Sons Ltd, South Shields 
OwnerAndrew Weir & Co, London 
Date of attack22 Mar 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-373 (Paul-Karl Loeser)
Position38° 05'N, 68° 30'W - Grid CA 6593
Complement56 (30 dead and 26 survivors).
RouteNew York - Capetown - Alexandria 
Cargo7839 tons of general cargo 
Notes on event

At 05.09 hours on 22 March 1942 the unescorted Thursobank (Master Ralph Brian Ellis) was torpedoed by U-373 east of Chesapeake Bay and sank after being torpedoed again at 05.35 hours. The master, 22 crew members and seven gunners were lost. 26 crew members were picked up after three days by the Havsten and landed at Halifax on 28 March. Upon arrival, the surviving Chinese crewmen were arrested for mutiny, having placed the four British officers in front of the lifeboat, throwing the oars away and refusing to share the food and warm clothing with them.

On boardWe have details of 31 people who were on board

Location of attack on Thursobank.

ship sunk.

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