British Steam merchant
|Completed||1919 - W. Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool|
|Owner||Ellerman & Papayanni Lines Ltd, Liverpool|
|Date of attack||16 Nov 1940||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-65 (Hans-Gerrit von Stockhausen)|
|Position||2° 49'N, 15° 29'W - Grid ET 8944|
|Complement||39 (6 dead and 33 survivors).|
|Route||Liverpool (24 Oct) - Capetown - Port Said - Istanbul|
|Cargo||4000 tons of general cargo|
|History||Completed in September 1919 |
|Notes on event|
At 14.29 hours on 16 Nov 1940 the unarmed Fabian (Master Montague Hocking), dispersed from convoy OB-234, was hit in the foreship by one torpedo from U-65 about 350 miles south-southwest of Freetown. At 15.54 hours, the U-boat surfaced and sank the ship with five of eight rounds from the deck gun. The Germans then questioned the survivors, treated two injured men and provided food and water. The master and 32 crew members were picked up by the British steam tanker British Statesman and landed at Freetown. Six crew members were lost.
|On board||We have details of 7 people who were on board.|
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