Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,719 tons
Completed1935 - Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow 
OwnerJ. & C. Harrison Ltd, London 
Date of attack20 Apr 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-109 (Heinrich Bleichrodt)
Position34° 35'N, 65° 50'W - Grid DC 3225
Complement49 (41 dead and 8 survivors).
RouteNew York (17 Apr) - Capetown - Bombay 
Cargo8017 tons of general cargo, including explosives, aircraft and tanks 
History Completed in June 1935 
Notes on event

At 05.24 hours on 20 April 1942 the unescorted Harpagon (Master Robert William Edward Laycock) was torpedoed and sunk by U-109 about 150 miles north-northwest of Bermuda. The master, 34 crew members and six gunners were lost. Eight crew members were picked up by the Argentinian merchant Rio Diamante and landed at Buenos Aires.

On boardWe have details of 45 people who were on board

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