British Steam merchant
|Completed||1943 - Cammell Laird & Co Ltd, Birkenhead|
|Owner||John Holt & Co (Liverpool) Ltd, Liverpool|
|Date of attack||5 Mar 1944||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-66 (Gerhard Seehausen)|
|Position||03.56N, 07.36E - Grid EW 8427|
|Complement||95 (0 dead and 95 survivors).|
|Route||London - Lagos - Duala - Warri|
|Cargo||2600 tons of cement and 100 tons of general cargo, including mail|
|History||Completed in March 1943 |
|Notes on event|
On 5 Mar, 1944, the unescorted John Holt (Master Cecil Gordon Hime) was hit by two torpedoes from U-66 and sank in five minutes about 60 miles south of the Opobo River in the Gulf of Guinea. The master and one passenger (Stanton Hanna Elliott, an agent of the John Holt Co) were taken prisoner and were later lost with the U-boat. 41 crew members, nine gunners, three passengers and 40 Krooboys were picked up by the British tanker Empire Ruby and landed at Port Harcourt.
|On board||We have details of 2 people who were on board.|
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