Ships hit by U-boats

T.J. Williams

British Steam tanker

T.J. Williams under construction. Photo courtesy of Richard Reddick

NameT.J. Williams
Type:Steam tanker
Tonnage8,212 tons
Completed1921 - O. Daniels Shipbuilding Co, Tampa FL 
OwnerPanama Transport Co (Anglo-American Oil Co), London 
Date of attack20 Sep 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-552 (Erich Topp)
Position61° 34'N, 35° 11'W - Grid AD 7583
Complement39 (17 dead and 22 survivors).
RouteBaltimore - Sydney (11 Sep) - Stanlow 
Cargo10,036 tons of motor spirit 
History Completed in September 1921 as American T.J. Williams for Standard Oil Co of New Jersey, New York. 1941 registered in Britain for Panama Transport Co (Anglo-American Oil Co), London. 
Notes on event

At 01.38 hours on 20 Sep 1941, U-552 fired the stern torpedo at a ship in convoy SC-44 east-northeast of Cape Farewell and missed the intended target but the torpedo struck the T.J. Williams (Master Robert Thomas Charles Wright) in station #102 after 2 minutes 2 seconds. The tanker sank fast by the stern after being hit. 15 crew members and two gunners were lost. The master, 20 crew members and one gunner were picked up by HMS Honeysuckle (K 27) (LtCdr G.W. Gregorie, RNR) and landed at Reykjavik, Iceland.

On boardWe have details of 18 people who were on board

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