British Steam merchant
|Completed||1920 - William Doxford & Sons Ltd, Sunderland|
|Owner||R. Chapman & Son, Newcastle-upon-Tyne|
|Date of attack||27 Mar 1941||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-98 (Robert Gysae)|
|Position||58° 51'N, 22° 36'W - Grid AL 2518|
|Complement||41 (41 dead - no survivors)|
|Route||Philadelphia - Sydney - Hull|
|Cargo||8769 tons of pig iron|
|History||Completed in April 1920 |
|Notes on event|
At 13.50 hours on 27 March 1941 the unescorted Koranton (Master Charles Edward Howard), a straggler from station #54 in convoy SC-25, was hit by a stern torpedo from U-98 and sank immediately about 320 miles south of Reykjavik, Iceland. The U-boat had spotted the ship two hours earlier in bad weather and temporarily lost contact before carrying out a submerged attack. The Germans investigated the sinking position but only found a large field of debris. The master, 38 crew members and two gunners were lost.
|On board||We have details of 41 people who were on board.|
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