Canadian Steam merchant
|Completed||1917 - Workman, Clark & Co Ltd, Belfast|
|Owner||Merchant Marine Ltd, Ottawa|
|Date of attack||29 Oct 1942||Nationality: Canadian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-224 (Hans-Karl Kosbadt)|
|Position||55.05N, 23.27W - Grid AL 4552|
|Complement||165 (165 dead - no survivors)|
|Route||Halifax - Liverpool|
|Cargo||4430 tons of foodstuffs and government stores|
Completed in December 1917 as British Munardan for Crossburn SS Co Ltd (Clark & Service), Glasgow. 1937 sold to Italy and renamed Capo Noli for Co Genovese di Nav. a Vapore SA, Genoa. On 10 Jun, 1940, captured in the Gulf of St. Lawrence by HMCS Bras d'Or (Lt Charles A. Hornsby, RCNR) and renamed Bic Island.
On 16 Dec, 1940, the Bic Island was damaged by a German aircraft in 54°12N/17°45W, while en route in convoy OB-258 from Liverpool to Halifax with general cargo and ballast.
|Notes on event|
At 00.15 hours on 29 Oct, 1942, the Bic Island (Master James Brown), a straggler from convoy HX-212, was torpedoed and sunk by U-224 southwest of Rockall. The ship was straggling after picking up 44 survivors from Gurney E. Newlin, which had been sunk by U-606 (Döhler) the previous day and 77 survivors from Sourabaya, sunk on 27 October by U-436 (Seibicke). The master, 35 crew members, eight gunners and all 121 survivors were lost.
|On board||We have details of 40 people who were on board.|
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