British Steam merchant
|Completed||1907 - J. Blumer & Co Ltd, North Dock, Sunderland|
|Owner||Stockwood, Rees & Co Ltd, Swansea|
|Date of attack||25 Aug 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-605 (Herbert-Viktor Schütze)|
|Position||48° 55'N, 35° 10'W - Grid BD 1676|
|Complement||43 (3 dead and 40 survivors).|
|Route||Cardiff (12 Aug) - Milford Haven – Sydney, CB - Clarke City, Quebec|
|History||Completed in May 1907 as British Duke Of York for Robinson Bros SS Co Ltd, Whitby. 1911 sold to Norway and renamed Magdalene for A/S Magdalene (Hjalmar Røed & Co), Tønsberg. 1915 renamed Hallfried for A/S D/S Hallfried (P. Kleppe), Bergen. On 19 Apr 1920, badly damaged by fire in New York and sold to a local shipyard. Laid up after repairs were completed in April 1922. 1925 renamed Henry W. Breyer for New York & Florida Navigation Co, New York. 1927 sold to Canada and renamed Odile for A.C. Elliott & Co of Canada Ltd (D.G. Pinkney & Co), London. 1930 sold to Latvia and renamed Katvaldis for J. & A. Karklins, Thomsons & Co (D. Thomsons), Riga. 1940 taken over by Britain and transferred to Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). |
|Notes on event|
Between 01.38 and 01.41 hours on 25 Aug 1942, U-605 fired four single bow and one stern torpedoes from a distance of about 4000 meters at the outermost starboard column of convoy ONS-122 southeast of Cape Farewell. Detonations on three ships were observed after 5 to 7 minutes and one ship was seen to caught fire and sink within a minute after breaking in two. Schütze claimed one ship sunk and two others damaged. In fact, the Katvaldis in station #92 and Sheaf Mount in station #94 were sunk in this attack.
|On board||We have details of 3 people who were on board.|
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