Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of State Library of New South Wales

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,132 tons
Completed1919 - Greenock & Grangemouth Dockyard Co Ltd, Greenock 
OwnerJ. & J. Denholm Ltd, Glasgow 
Date of attack20 Nov 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-263 (Kurt Nölke)
Position35° 55'N, 10° 14'W - Grid CG 8731
Complement71 (4 dead and 67 survivors).
RouteBarry (3 Nov) - Clyde (8 Nov) - Oran 
Cargo2000 tons of government stores 
History Laid down as War Canna for The Shipping Controller, completed in November 1919 as Grangepark for J. & J. Denholm Ltd, Glasgow.  
Notes on event

At 10.12 and 10.13 hours on 20 Nov 1942, U-263 fired torpedoes at convoy KMS-3 west of Gibraltar and observed hits after 13 seconds, 47 seconds, 1 minute 27 seconds and 1 minute 47 seconds. Nölke observed two ships sinking and one burning. In fact, the Prins Harald and Grangepark were sunk and one torpedo exploded in the net defences of the British steam merchant Ocean Pilgrim (7173 grt).

The master, 40 crew members, 16 gunners, one signalman and nine passengers (US Army personnel) from the Grangepark (Master John Scott Webster) were picked up by HMS Fowey (L 15) (Cdr L.B.A. Majendie, RN) and landed at Gibraltar. Three crew members and one passenger were lost.

On boardWe have details of 4 people who were on board

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