Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,198 tons
Completed1921 - J. Blumer & Co Ltd, North Dock, Sunderland 
OwnerMoss Hutchinson Line Ltd, Liverpool 
Date of attack2 Oct 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-431 (Wilhelm Dommes)
Position51° 33'N, 41° 35'W - Grid AJ 9863
Complement47 (40 dead and 7 survivors).
ConvoyON-19 (straggler)
RouteManchester - New York 
History Completed in November 1921 
Notes on event

At 23.45 hours on 2 October 1941 the unescorted Hatasu (Master William Johnston Meek), a straggler from convoy ON-19, was hit by one of two torpedoes from U-431 about 540 miles northeast of Cape Race. The ship opened fire with a stern gun and forced the U-boat to dive, but broke in two and sank after being hit by a coup de grĂ¢ce at 00.28 hours on 3 October. The master, 33 crew members and six gunners were lost. Seven crew members were picked up from a lifeboat after seven days by USS Charles F. Hughes (DD 428) and landed at Reykjavik.

On boardWe have details of 41 people who were on board

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