British Whale factory ship
|Type:||Whale factory ship|
|Completed||1931 - Furness Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Haverton Hill, Middlesbrough|
|Owner||St. Helier Shipowners Ltd (Fadum & Wang), St. Helier, Jersey|
|Date of attack||7 Oct 1941||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Damaged by U-502 (Jürgen von Rosenstiel)|
|Position||60° 37'N, 21° 44'W - Grid AL 2211|
|Complement||328 (30 dead and 298 survivors).|
|Route||New York (23 Sep) - Halifax (28 Sep) - Liverpool|
|Cargo||Oil fuel and aircraft and tanks as deck cargo|
|History||Completed in August 1931 for
Hvalfanger A/S Sydhavet (Johan Rasmussen & Co), Sandefjord. 1932 sold to St. Helier Shipowners Ltd (Hans Borge), London. |
On 19 March 1943 the Svend Foyn collided with an iceberg 70 miles south of Cape Farewell in 58°05N/44°15W and foundered two days later with the loss of 43 out of the 195 crew and passengers aboard. The ship was sailing as vessel of the vice commodore in convoy HX-229A from New York to Liverpool with a cargo of fuel oil.
|Notes on event|
At 16.17 hours on 7 Oct 1941 the Svend Foyn, a straggler from convoy HX-152, was torpedoed on the starboard side by U-502 but managed to escape and reached Reykjavik in tow on 11 October, assisted by HMS Sunflower (K 41) (LtCdr J.T. Jones, RNR). On 6 Dec 1941 she was towed for seven days to Liverpool for permanent repairs at Birkenhead, returning to service in May 1942.
|On board||We have details of 1 people who were on board.|
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