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|
|History||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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