Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,486 tons
Completed1932 - R. & W. Hawthorn, Leslie & Co Ltd, Hebburn-on-Tyne 
OwnerJ. & C. Harrison Ltd, London 
Date of attack13 Apr 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-435 (Siegfried Strelow)
Position73° 33'N, 27° 19'E - Grid AC 4521
Complement70 (0 dead and 70 survivors).
ConvoyQP-10 (straggler)
RouteMurmansk - Reykjavik 
Cargo600 tons of mineral ores (mainly manganese ore) as ballast 
History Completed in May 1932 
Notes on event

On 13 April 1942 the Harpalion (Master Henry Whitlock Williams) in convoy QP-10 was bombed and heavily damaged by German Ju88 aircraft. The vessel was abandoned by the crew and a reported scuttling attempt by the escort must have failed, because her abandoned wreck was located by U-435 which fired a spread of three G7a torpedoes at 15.35 hours. The third torpedo struck aft and caused the vessel to sink slowly by the stern at 15.50 hours.

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