British Motor tanker
|Completed||1930 - R. Duncan & Co Ltd, Port Glasgow|
|Owner||United Molasses Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||27 May 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-172 (Carl Emmermann)|
|Position||27° 50'N, 46° 00'W - Grid DE 9654|
|Complement||52 (9 dead and 43 survivors).|
|Route||Barry - Curaçao|
|Notes on event|
At 03.19 hours on 27 May 1942 the Athelknight (Master Hugh Roberts), dispersed from convoy OS-28, was torpedoed and sunk by gunfire by U-172 southeast of Bermuda. Four crew members and five gunners were lost. The master, 39 crew members and three gunners were rescued: the master and 24 survivors after 28 days by the British merchant Empire Austin and landed at Capetown; the second officer and 17 survivors landed on St.Bartholomew Island, Leeward Islands on 23 June, after sailing in a lifeboat for about 1200 miles.
|On board||We have details of 13 people who were on board.|
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