Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage7,366 tons
Completed1913 - ScottĀ“s Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Greenock 
OwnerAlfred Holt & Co, Liverpool 
Date of attack3 Mar 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-68 (Karl-Friedrich Merten)
Position6° 01'N, 12° 02'W - Grid ET 6685
Complement91 (5 dead and 86 survivors).
RoutePenang, Malaya - Capetown (20 Feb) - Freetown - Liverpool 
CargoGeneral cargo, including 4248 tons of rubber and 1350 tons of copper 
History Completed in November 1913 
Notes on event

At 17.21 hours on 3 March 1942 the unescorted Helenus (Master Philip Walter Savery) was hit by two torpedoes from U-68 and sank in a short time about 200 miles south of Freetown. Five crew members were lost. The master, 73 crew members, two gunners and ten passengers were picked up by the British steam merchant Beaconsfield and landed at Freetown on 5 March. Large parts of the cargo of rubber were later washed ashore in Takoradi.

On boardWe have details of 7 people who were on board

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