British Steam merchant
|Completed||1922 - Irvine’s Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co Ltd, Middleton Shipyard, West Hartlepool|
|Owner||Ben Line Steamers (William Thomson & Co), Leith|
|Date of attack||23 Nov 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-172 (Carl Emmermann)|
|Position||0° 30'N, 38° 45'W - Grid FC 1138|
|Complement||54 (53 dead and 1 survivor).|
|Route||Port Said - Capetown - Paramaribo - New York|
|History||Completed in January 1922 as Cynthiana for Furness, Withy & Co Ltd, Liverpool. Later that year renamed Hoosac and 1923 renamed London Corporation for the same owner. 1937 sold to Greece and renamed Marionga J. Goulandris for Goulandris Bros, Piræus. 1938 sold to Britain and renamed Benlomond for Ben Line Steamers, Leith. |
|Notes on event|
At 14.10 hours on 23 Nov 1942 the unescorted Benlomond (Master John Maul) was hit by two torpedoes from U-172 and sank within 2 minutes about 750 miles east of the River Amazon, Brazil. The Germans questioned the survivors before leaving the area. The master, 44 crew members and eight gunners were lost. The sole survivor, the Chinese second mess steward Poon Lim, was rescued after an amazing 133 days alone on a Carley raft by a Brazilian fishing vessel east of Salinas and on 8 April 1943 landed at Belém, Brazil.
|On board||We have details of 52 people who were on board.|
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