British Steam merchant
|Completed||1928 - Sir John Priestman & Co Ltd, Southwick, Sunderland|
|Owner||John Morrison & Son, Newcastle-upon-Tyne|
|Date of attack||28 Feb 1941||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-47 (Günther Prien)|
|Position||54° 24'N, 17° 25'W - Grid AL 6910|
|Complement||38 (27 dead and 11 survivors).|
|Route||Rosario - Halifax (13 Feb) - Hull|
|Cargo||7000 tons of grain, linseed and maize|
|Notes on event|
In the early morning on 28 Feb 1941 the Holmelea (Master John Robert Potts), a straggler from convoy HX-109, was damaged by gunfire by U-47 and sunk by a coup de grâce southwest of Rockall. The ship had been missed by a torpedo from U-99 (Kretschmer) earlier that night. The master and 26 crew members were lost.
On the same day, the trawler had picked up 39 survivors from the Dutch merchant Simaloer, which had been bombed and sunk by a German aircraft 60 hours before.
|On board||We have details of 26 people who were on board.|
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