British Steam merchant
|Completed||1940 - Blythswood Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Glasgow|
|Owner||Manchester Liners Ltd (Furness, Withy & Co Ltd), Manchester|
|Date of attack||25 Feb 1943||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-628 (Heinrich Hasenschar)|
|Position||45° 10'N, 43° 23'W - Grid BC 8230|
|Complement||67 (36 dead and 31 survivors).|
|Route||Manchester - Halifax - St. John, New Brunswick - New York|
|History||Completed in April 1940 |
|Notes on event|
At 08.17 hours on 25 February 1943 U-628 fired a spread of four FAT torpedoes and one stern torpedo at the convoy ON-166 about 400 miles east-southeast of Cape Race and reported one ship sunk. The Manchester Merchant (Master Frederick Struss, DSC) sank within 90 seconds. 29 crew members and six gunners were lost. The master, 27 crew members and four gunners were picked up by HMS Montgomery (G 95) (Lt K.I. Hamilton, DSC and Bar, RN) and HMCS Rosthern (K 169) (T/Lt R.J.G. Johnson, RCNVR) and landed at St. John’s, Newfoundland. One crew member died aboard the corvette and was buried at sea.
|On board||We have details of 38 people who were on board.|
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