British Motor merchant
|Completed||1940 - J. Readhead & Sons Ltd, South Shields|
|Owner||Andrew Weir & Co, London|
|Date of attack||22 Mar 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-373 (Paul-Karl Loeser)|
|Position||38° 05'N, 68° 30'W - Grid CA 6593|
|Complement||56 (30 dead and 26 survivors).|
|Route||New York - Capetown - Alexandria|
|Cargo||7839 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 board||We have details of 31 people who were on board.|
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