Ships hit by U-boats

British Workman

British Steam tanker

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

NameBritish Workman
Type:Steam tanker
Tonnage6,994 tons
Completed1922 - Workman, Clark & Co Ltd, Belfast 
OwnerBritish Tanker Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack3 May 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-455 (Hans-Heinrich Giessler)
Position44° 07'N, 51° 53'W - Grid BB 9663
Complement53 (7 dead and 46 survivors).
ConvoyON-89 (straggler)
RouteGreenock (23 Apr) - Galveston 
History Completed in April 1922 
Notes on event

At 06.38 hours on 3 May 1942 the British Workman (Master Arthur W. Wilson), which was straggling from convoy ON-89 due to engine troubles, was torpedoed and sunk by U-455 south-southeast of Cape Race. Seven crew members were lost. The master, 38 crew members and seven gunners were picked up by HMCS Assiniboine (I 18) (A/LtCdr J.H. Stubbs, RCN) and HMCS Alberni (K 103) (T/Lt A.W. Ford, RCNR) and landed at St. John’s.

On boardWe have details of 8 people who were on board

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