British Steam merchant
|Completed||1927 - Howaldtswerke AG, Kiel|
|Owner||David Alexander & Sons, Glasgow|
|Date of attack||14 Aug 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-598 (Gottfried Holtorf)|
|Position||21° 45'N, 76° 10'W - Grid DN 4782|
|Complement||47 (7 dead and 40 survivors).|
|Route||Barbados - Trinidad (8 Aug) - UK|
|Cargo||2750 tons of sugar|
|History||Completed in May 1927 as Danish Michael Jebsen for Rhederi M. Jebsen A/S, Aabenraa. 1940 taken over by Britain and transferred to the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). |
|Notes on event|
At 11.54 and 11.55 hours on 14 August 1942, U-598 fired two spreads of two torpedoes at convoy TAW-12J northwest of Barlovento Point, Cuba and reported misses. At 11.57 hours, the stern torpedo was fired and a detonation was heard. No other U-boat attacked at this time, so the first spread must have hit the Michael Jebsen, which sank immediately. One torpedo of the second spread damaged the Standella, after missing the ship of convoy commodore, the Empire Corporal, which was then sunk by the stern torpedo.
The master, 34 crew members and five gunners from the Michael Jebsen (Master R. Nielsen) were picked up by USS SC-498, transferred to USS Fletcher (DD 445) (LtCdr W.M. Cole, USN) and landed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Seven crew members were lost.
|On board||We have details of 8 people who were on board.|
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