British Steam merchant
|Completed||1920 - Uchida Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Yokohama|
|Owner||Walter Runciman & Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne|
|Date of attack||26 Nov 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-663 (Heinrich Schmid)|
|Position||50.36N, 47.10W - Grid BC 8844|
|Complement||53 (32 dead and 21 survivors).|
|Route||New York (17 Nov) - Glasgow|
|Cargo||6867 tons of general cargo|
|History||Completed in June 1920 as Eastern Glen for US Shipping Board (USSB). 1933 renamed American Oriole for American Foreign SS Co, New York. 1940 transferred to Britain and renamed Barberrys by the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). |
|Notes on event|
At 19.17 hours on 26 Nov, 1942, the Barberrys (Master George Halket Squires), the ship of the convoy commodore in convoy SC-110, was torpedoed and sunk by U-663 northeast of St. John’s. The master, the commodore (Cdr A.H. Young, RD, RNR), 21 crew members, four gunners and five naval staff members were lost. 17 crew members, three gunners and one naval staff member were picked up by USCGC Mohawk (WPG 78) and landed at St. John’s.
The U-boat erroneously reported the ship as the Clan Macquarrie which had been sunk by the Italian submarine Da Vinci on 13 June 1942.
|On board||We have details of 35 people who were on board.|
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