Ships hit by U-boats

White Crest

British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Robert Cox

NameWhite Crest
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,365 tons
Completed1928 - William Dobson & Co, Walker-on-Tyne 
OwnerHall Brothers SS Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
Date of attack24 Feb 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-162 (Jürgen Wattenberg)
Position47° 45'N, 38° 15'W - Grid BD 4144
Complement47 (47 dead - no survivors)
ConvoyONS-67 (straggler)
RouteCardiff (12 Feb) - Belfast Lough (15 Feb) - Buenos Aires 
CargoCoal and coke 
History Completed in March 1928 
Notes on event

At 08.35 hours on 24 Feb 1942 the unescorted White Crest (Master Gordon Joures), a straggler from convoy ONS-67 due to a heavy gale on 19 February, was hit by two torpedoes from U-162 and sank capsizing after eight minutes southeast of St. John’s. The ship had been spotted at 02.30 hours and missed with two torpedoes at 04.45 hours. The master, 40 crew members and six gunners were lost.

On boardWe have details of 47 people who were on board

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