Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam tanker

Photo courtesy of State Library of New South Wales

Type:Steam tanker
Tonnage2,073 tons
Completed1905 - W. Gray & Co, West Hartlepool 
OwnerAnglo-Saxon Petroleum Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack10 Jun 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-81 (Friedrich Guggenberger)
Position31° 10'N, 28° 36'E - Grid CP 7421
Complement50 (20 dead and 30 survivors).
RouteAlexandria (9 Jun) - Tobruk 
Cargo2125 tons of cased benzine 
History Completed in September 1905 
Notes on event

At 02.18 hours on 10 June 1942, U-81 fired one torpedo at an escort vessel and a tanker overlapping in convoy AT-49 about 50 miles west of Alexandria and hit the Havre (Master George Christopher Pearson). At 03.30 hours, the U-boat attacked convoy again with a spread of two torpedoes and two single shots, but two were duds and the remaining torpedoes missed.

The master, 17 crew members and two gunners were lost. 27 crew members, two gunners and one signalman were picked up by the British armed trawler HMS Parktown and landed at Mersa Matruh, Egypt.

On boardWe have details of 20 people who were on board

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