British Steam merchant
|Completed||1920 - Ailsa Shipbuilding Co, Ayr|
|Owner||General Steam Navigation Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||26 Sep 1941||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-124 (Johann Mohr)|
|Position||47° 40'N, 23° 28'W - Grid BE 4166|
|Complement||32 (23 dead and 9 survivors).|
|Route||Oporto - Bristol|
|Cargo||128 tons of general cargo and 275 tons of cork|
|History||Completed in November 1920 |
|Notes on event|
At 02.34 hours on 26 September 1941 the Petrel (Master John William Klemp) in station #11 of convoy HG-73 was hit amidships by one torpedo from U-124 and sank by the bow north-northeast of the Azores.
After both ships ahead of her were torpedoed, the Lapwing in station #13 stopped and launched a lifeboat for rescue work. Among the survivors picked up were 17 men from Petrel, but only one survived when she was sunk by U-203 (Mützelburg) at 06.34 hours and this man died of wounds in the lifeboat that picked him up again. Only the master, seven crew members and one passenger who had been picked up from a raft by the lifeboat of Lapwing survived, landing at Slyne Bay, Co. Galway on 9 October. 19 crew members, three gunners and one passenger (DBS) were lost.
The master John William Klemp was awarded the Lloyds War Medal for bravery at sea.
|On board||We have details of 26 people who were on board.|
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