British Steam merchant
|Completed||1921 - D.W. Kremer & Sohn, Elmshorn|
|Owner||Elder Dempster Lines Ltd, Liverpool|
|Date of attack||4 Nov 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-126 (Ernst Bauer)|
|Position||4° 53'N, 4° 49'E - Grid EW 7431|
|Complement||39 (5 dead and 34 survivors).|
|Route||Takoradi - Lagos (3 Nov) - Port Harcourt|
|History||Completed in April 1922 as German Peter for August Bolten: Wm. Miller’s Nachfolger GmbH & Co KG, Hamburg. 1924 to France and renamed Oued Grou for Compagnie de Navigation Paquet, Marseilles. In July 1940 taken over by Britain and transferred to the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). |
|Notes on event|
At 09.40 hours on 4 Nov 1942 the unescorted Oued Grou (Master Sydney Pattinson Dodgson) was hit by one torpedo from U-126 and sank fast southwest of Forcados in the Bight of Benin. Five crew members were lost. The Germans questioned the survivors in one of the lifeboats and asked for the master and the first engineer, but they were told that they had been lost. The master and 33 crew members made landfall at the village of Kulama, Nigeria.
|On board||We have details of 7 people who were on board.|
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