Ships hit by U-boats


Hektoria

British Whale factory ship



The passenger ship Medic, which was converted 1928 to the whale factory ship Hektoria.

NameHektoria
Type:Whale factory ship
Tonnage13,797 tons
Completed1899 - Harland & Wolff Ltd, Belfast 
OwnerHector Whaling Ltd, London 
HomeportLondon 
Date of attack12 Sep 1942Nationality:      British
 
FateSunk by U-608 (Rolf Struckmeier)
Position48.55N, 33.38W - Grid BD 2744
Complement86 (1 dead and 85 survivors).
ConvoyON-127 (straggler)
RouteLiverpool (4 Sep) - New York 
CargoBallast 
History Completed in July 1899 as steam passenger ship Medic (11985 grt) for White Star Ltd (Oceanic Steam Navigation Co), Liverpool. In August 1899 she made her maiden voyage from Liverpool to Sydney via Capetown and on her return voyage carried Australian soldiers and horses to South Africa for Boer War service. During World War I, the ship remained in commercial service due to her large frozen meat capacity, although she was operated under the Liner Requisition Scheme for two years.
In June 1928 sold to Norway and converted by Grayson, Rolls & Clover Docks, Birkenhead, to the whale factory ship Hektoria for N. Bugge, Tønsberg. 1932 sold to Britain to Hector Whaling Ltd, London. 
Notes on event

At 01.05 hours on 12 Sep, 1942, U-211 (Hause) attacked the convoy ON-127 southwest of Cape Clear and damaged the Hektoria with two torpedoes and the Empire Moonbeam with one. Both vessels were later sunk by coups de grâce by U-608.

The Hektoria (Master Frederick Arthur Gjertsen) was sunk by U-608 at 03.51 hours on 12 September. One crew member was lost. The master, 76 crew members and eight gunners were picked up by HMCS Arvida (K 113) (Lt A.I. MacKay, RCNR) and landed at St. Johns on 15 September.

 
On boardWe have details of 3 people who were on board

Attack entries for Hektoria

DateU-boatCommanderLoss typeTonsNat.
12 Sep 1942U-211Kptlt. Karl HauseDamaged13,797  
12 Sep 1942U-608Oblt. Rolf StruckmeierSunk13,797  

Locations of attacks on Hektoria.

ship sunk. ship damaged.


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