Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,113 tons
Completed1928 - Robert Thompson & Sons Ltd, Bridge Dockyard, Sunderland 
OwnerClaymore Shipping Co Ltd, Cardiff 
Date of attack15 Jan 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-552 (Erich Topp)
Position46° 32'N, 53° 00'W - Grid BB 6673
Complement42 (38 dead and 4 survivors).
RouteSt. Johns, Newfoundland - Halifax - Portland, Maine 
Notes on event

At 01.38 hours on 15 Jan 1942 the unescorted Dayrose (Master Arthur Frederick Newman) was torpedoed and sunk by U-552 southwest of Cape Race. Altogether, the U-boat fired five torpedoes of which two struck the vessel and broke her in two. The master, 31 crew members and six gunners were lost. Four crew members (two by each destroyer) were picked up by USS Ericsson (DD 440) and USS Stack (DD 406) and landed at Argentia, Newfoundland.

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