Ships hit by U-boats


British Motor merchant

Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage5,178 tons
Completed1937 - Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Wallsend, Sunderland 
OwnerStott, Mann & Fleming Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
Date of attack29 Oct 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-203 (Hermann Kottmann)
Position31° 39'N, 19° 35'W - Grid DH 5142
Complement45 (5 dead and 40 survivors).
ConvoySL-125 (straggler)
RouteCochin - Freetown (16 Oct) - Mersey 
Cargo2500 tons magnesite and ilmenite (black ore of titanium) and 3000 tons general cargo, including tea 
Notes on event

Between 22.00 and 22.09 hours on 28 Oct 1942, U-509 (Witte) fired five torpedoes at the convoy SL-125 northwest of the Canary Islands in 31°39N/19°23W (grid DH 4958) 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.

At 04.52 and 04.58 hours on 29 October, the abandoned Hopecastle (Master Dugald McGilp) was hit by one torpedo from U-203, but the ship stayed afloat and had to be sunk at 10.10 hours by 2cm gunfire.
Three crew members and two gunners were lost. The master and 20 survivors were picked up by the British merchant Mano and landed at Greenock on 9 November. 19 survivors landed at Funchal.

On boardWe have details of 4 people who were on board

Attack entries for Hopecastle

DateU-boatCommanderLoss typeTonsNat.
28 Oct 1942U-509Oblt. Werner WitteDamaged5,178  
29 Oct 1942U-203Oblt. Hermann KottmannSunk5,178  

Locations of attacks on Hopecastle.

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