Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage7,383 tons
Completed1914 - Scott´s Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Greenock 
OwnerAlfred Holt & Co, Liverpool 
Date of attack28 May 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-106 (Hermann Rasch)
Position24° 11'N, 87° 02'W - Grid DL 3746
Complement86 (4 dead and 82 survivors).
RouteNew Orleans (26 May) - Capetown - Bombay 
Cargo4600 tons of war material, 3600 tons of supplies and 400 tons of sulphur 
History Completed in November 1914 
Notes on event

At 02.08 hours on 28 May 1942 the unescorted Mentor (Master Alexander Pope) was hit on the port side in the stern by one torpedo from U-106 north of Cabo Catoche and sank within six minutes after being hit by a coup de grâce at 02.38 hours. The U-boat surfaced and questioned the crew, which told them that the name of the ship was Bengloe. The fourth engineer and three Chinese crew members were killed on watch below when the engine room was flooded. The master, 74 crew members and seven gunners were picked up after three days by the British steam merchant Antilochus and landed at Key West, Florida.

On boardWe have details of 5 people who were on board

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