Ships hit by U-boats


Yorkwood

British Steam merchant



Photo courtesy of Paul Johnson Collection

NameYorkwood
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,401 tons
Completed1936 - R. & W. Hawthorn, Leslie & Co Ltd, Hebburn-on-Tyne 
OwnerConstantine Shipping Co Ltd, Middlesbrough 
HomeportMiddlesbrough 
Date of attack8 Jan 1943Nationality:      British
 
FateSunk by U-507 (Harro Schacht)
Position4° 10'S, 35° 30'W - Grid FC 7416
Complement48 (1 dead and 47 survivors).
Convoy
RouteDurban - Capetown - Paranam - UK 
CargoGeneral cargo 
History Completed in July 1936 
Notes on event

On 8 Jan 1943 the unescorted Yorkwood (Master Frank Herbert Fenn) was torpedoed and sunk by U-507 northwest of Ascension Island. One crew member was lost. The master was taken prisoner by the Germans and lost when the U-boat was sunk five days later. 38 crew members and eight gunners landed at Macau, Brazil.

 
On boardWe have details of 3 people who were on board

Location of attack on Yorkwood.

ship sunk.


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