British Steam merchant
|Completed||1938 - Cammell Laird & Co Ltd, Birkenhead|
|Owner||John Holt & Co (Liverpool) Ltd, Liverpool|
|Date of attack||24 Feb 1941||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-97 (Udo Heilmann)|
|Position||61° 10'N, 11° 55'W - Grid AE 8985|
|Complement||57 (51 dead and 6 survivors).|
|Route||Liverpool (19 Feb) - Takoradi - Accra - Lagos - Duala|
|History||Completed in September 1938 |
|Notes on event|
At 02.12 hours on 24 February 1941, U-97 fired two torpedoes at the convoy OB-289 southwest of the Faroe Islands and reported one ship sunk, but in fact the Mansepool and Jonathan Holt were hit and sunk.
The master, 38 crew members, two gunners and ten passengers (including four SOE agents) from the Jonathan Holt (Master William Stephenson) were lost. Two crew members and one passenger were picked up by HMS Petunia (K 79) (LtCdr G.V. Legassisk, RNR) and landed at Stornoway. Two crew members and one passenger were picked up by the British rescue ship Copeland (Master J. McKellar, OBE) and landed at Greenock.
|On board||We have details of 55 people who were on board.|
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