Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage7,392 tons
Completed1914 - Scott´s Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Greenock 
OwnerAlfred Holt & Co, Liverpool 
Date of attack11 Oct 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-87 (Joachim Berger)
Position6° 53'N, 15° 23'W - Grid ET 5558
Complement133 (7 dead and 126 survivors).
RouteKarachi - Capetown (29 Sep) - Freetown - UK 
Cargo6500 tons of general cargo and 750 tons of copper 
History Completed in March 1914 
Notes on event

At 04.58 hours on 11 October 1942 the unescorted Agapenor (Master Philip Walter Savery) was hit by two torpedoes from U-87 about 180 miles south of Freetown and sank after being hit aft by a coup de grâce at 05.19 hours. The U-boat had missed the ship with a first spread of two torpedoes at 02.50 hours. A few hours earlier the ship had picked up 38 survivors from the Glendene, which had been sunk by U-125 (Folkers) on 8 October. Seven crew members were lost. The master, 73 crew members, 14 gunners and all rescued survivors were picked up by HMS Petunia (K 79) (LtCdr J.M. Rayner, RD, RNR) and landed at Freetown. On 15 October, they left Freetown for Glasgow aboard the British steam passenger ship Carnavon Castle.

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