Ships hit by U-boats

Cressington Court

British Motor merchant

Photo from City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 447-2133

NameCressington Court
Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage4,971 tons
Completed1929 - Northumberland Shipbuilding Co (1927) Ltd, Howden-on-Tyne 
OwnerCourt Line Ltd (Haldin & Philipps Ltd), London 
Date of attack19 Aug 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-510 (Karl Neitzel)
Position7° 58'N, 46° 00'W - Grid EP 6162
Complement44 (8 dead and 36 survivors).
ConvoyTRIN-1 (dispersed)
RoutePhiladelphia - Trinidad (14 Aug) - Capetown - Durban - Alexandria 
Cargo7362 tons of government stores and general cargo 
History Completed in August 1929 
Notes on event

At 09.07 hours on 19 August 1942 the unescorted Cressington Court (Master William James Pace), dispersed from convoy TRIN-1, was torpedoed and sunk by U-510 northeast of Belém, Brazil. The master and seven crew members were lost. On 10 September, 26 crew members and ten gunners were picked up by Woensdrecht, but two days later this vessel was torpedoed and badly damaged by U-515 (Henke). During the attack a piece of debris struck and killed one crew member from Cressington Court. The remaining British survivors abandoned the tanker together with the Dutch crew and were picked up by two American patrol vessels the following night and landed at Port of Spain, Trinidad.

On boardWe have details of 35 people who were on board

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