Ships hit by U-boats

Jonathan Holt

British Steam merchant

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NameJonathan Holt
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,973 tons
Completed1938 - Cammell Laird & Co Ltd, Birkenhead 
OwnerJohn Holt & Co (Liverpool) Ltd, Liverpool 
Date of attack24 Feb 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-97 (Udo Heilmann)
Position61° 10'N, 11° 55'W - Grid AE 8985
Complement57 (51 dead and 6 survivors).
RouteLiverpool (19 Feb) - Takoradi - Accra - Lagos - Duala 
CargoGeneral cargo 
History Completed in September 1938 
Notes on event

At 02.12 hours on 24 February 1941, U-97 fired two torpedoes at convoy OB-289 southwest of the Faroe Islands and reported one ship sunk, but in fact the Mansepool and Jonathan Holt were hit and sunk.

The master, 38 crew members, two gunners and ten passengers (including four SOE agents) from the Jonathan Holt (Master William Stephenson) were lost. Two crew members and one passenger were picked up by HMS Petunia (K 79) (LtCdr G.V. Legassisk, RNR) and landed at Stornoway. Two crew members and one passenger were picked up by the British rescue ship Copeland (Master J. McKellar, OBE) and landed at Greenock.

On boardWe have details of 55 people who were on board

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