Ships hit by U-boats

Hardwicke Grange

British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Paul Johnson Collection

NameHardwicke Grange
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage9,005 tons
Completed1921 - William Hamilton & Co Ltd, Port Glasgow 
OwnerHoulder Brothers & Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack12 Jun 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-129 (Hans-Ludwig Witt)
Position25° 45'N, 65° 45'W - Grid DO 2713
Complement78 (3 dead and 75 survivors).
RouteNewport News (8 Jun) - Trinidad - Buenos Aires 
Cargo700 tons of refrigerated cargo 
History Completed in October 1921 
Notes on event

At 08.54 hours on 12 June 1942 the unescorted Hardwicke Grange (Master Timothy McNamara) was torpedoed twice by U-129 north of Puerto Rico near the Tropic of Cancer. The U-boat surfaced approximately one mile away two points of port bow and fired 26 high explosive rounds from the deck gun. First, the navigating bridge was shelled, causing fires amidships. Then the fire was concentrated on the hull about the port bow until the vessel sank. Three crew members, the third engineer and two greasers, were lost on watch below. The master and 19 survivors landed at Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic after 13 days in a lifeboat. 23 survivors were picked up by the Athelprince and landed at Nuevitas, Cuba. 16 survivors landed at Môle St. Nicolas, Republic of Haiti. The first officer, second engineer and 14 crew members were rescued by an unknown ship and landed at Jamaica.

On boardWe have details of 10 people who were on board

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