British Steam merchant
|Completed||1927 - Sir John Priestman & Co Ltd, Southwick, Sunderland|
|Owner||W.A. Massey & Sons Ltd, Hull|
|Date of attack||7 Jun 1940||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-48 (Hans Rudolf Rösing)|
|Position||55.33N, 08.26W - Grid AM 5299|
|Complement||35 (34 dead and 1 survivor).|
|Route||Wabana, Conception Bay - Glasgow|
|Cargo||7500 tons of iron ore|
|Notes on event|
At 02.13 hours on 7 Jun, 1940, the unescorted Frances Massey (Master Walter Whitehead) was hit in the foreship by one G7a torpedo from U-48 14 miles northwest of Tory Island. At 00.07 hours, the ship had been missed by a first torpedo which passed underneath her. The vessel sank within 30 seconds, taking 33 crew members and one gunner with her. The sole survivor, the master, was picked up by HMS Volunteer (D 71) (LtCdr N. Lanyon, RN).
|On board||We have details of 35 people who were on board.|
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