British Steam merchant
|Completed||1920 - Earle’s Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Hull|
|Owner||P. & O. Steam Navigation Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||28 Oct 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-509 (Werner Witte)|
|Position||31.30N, 19.35W - Grid DH 4958|
|Complement||73 (20 dead and 53 survivors).|
|Route||Suez - Durban - Freetown (16 Oct) - Manchester|
|Cargo||7000 tons of general cargo, including 1501 tons of copper|
|History||Completed in September 1920 |
|Notes on event|
Between 22.00 and 22.09 hours on 28 Oct, 1942, U-509 fired five torpedoes at the convoy SL-125 northwest of the Canary Islands and heard two detonations on unintended targets within the convoy and then observed two hits on two ships. Another torpedo fired at 22.10 hours missed. In fact, the Nagpore was sunk and the Hopecastle damaged, which was later finished off by U-203 (Kottmann).
The Nagpore (Master Percy Ernest Tonkin) was the ship of the convoy commodore Rear Admiral Sir C.N. Reyne, KBE, RN. The master, 18 crew members and one naval staff member were lost. The commodore, five naval staff members, 23 crew members and five gunners were picked up by HMS Crocus (K 49) (T/Lt J.F. Holm, RNR) and landed at Liverpool on 9 November.
|On board||We have details of 25 people who were on board.|
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