British Steam merchant
|Completed||1932 - W. Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool|
|Owner||J. & C. Harrison Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||2 Nov 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-521 (Klaus Heinrich Bargsten)|
|Position||52° 30'N, 45° 30'W - Grid AJ 8672|
|Complement||48 (24 dead and 24 survivors).|
|Route||Halifax (27 Oct) - Belfast|
|Cargo||8000 tons of wheat and 6 tanks as deck cargo|
|Notes on event|
At 04.52 hours on 2 Nov 1942, U-522 (Schneider) fired four single torpedoes at the convoy SC-107 about 450 miles east of Belle Isle and observed one hit on an ammunition ship and one on a large oil tanker and reported both ships to be sinking, but in fact the detonations occured between the eighth and ninth columns. The third torpedo hit the Hartington in station #63, which was also hit by a torpedo from U-438 (Franzius) at 06.06 hours. The abandoned vessel was finally sunk by a coup de grâce from U-521 at 08.40 hours.
The master, 21 crew members and two gunners from the Hartington (Master Maurice James Edwards) were lost. 17 crew members and seven gunners were rescued by HMS Winchelsea (D 46) (LtCdr G.W. Gregorie) and landed at St.Johns.
|On board||We have details of 28 people who were on board.|
Attack entries for Hartington
|2 Nov 1942||U-522||Kptlt. Herbert Schneider||Damaged||5,496|
|2 Nov 1942||U-438||Oblt. Rudolf Franzius||Damaged||5,496|
|2 Nov 1942||U-521||Kptlt. Klaus Heinrich Bargsten||Sunk||5,496|
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