Ships hit by U-boats

Robert L. Holt

British Steam merchant

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NameRobert L. Holt
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,918 tons
Completed1926 - Smith´s Dock Co Ltd, South Bank, Middlesbrough 
OwnerJohn Holt & Co (Liverpool) Ltd, Liverpool 
Date of attack3 Jul 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-69 (Jost Metzler)
Position24° 15'N, 20° 00'W - Grid DH 5544
Complement56 (56 dead - no survivors)
ConvoyOB-337 (dispersed)
RouteLiverpool - Warri 
Notes on event

At 04.36 hours on 3 July 1941, U-69 began a gun duel with the armed Robert L. Holt (Master John Alexander Kendall) northwest of the Canary Islands. She had been the ship of commodore Vice-Admiral N.A. Wodehouse, CB, RN from the dispersed convoy OB-337. The ship sank at 06.50 hours after the U-boat had fired 102 high explosive rounds and 34 incendiary rounds from the deck gun, 220 rounds from the 20mm gun and 400 rounds with the MG34. The master, the commodore, 41 crew members, eight gunners and five naval staff members were lost.

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