Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam tanker

Winamac under her former name Pulpit Point. Photo courtesy of State Library of New South Wales

Type:Steam tanker
Tonnage8,621 tons
Completed1926 - Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow 
OwnerSocony Vacuum Transportation Co Ltd, Montreal 
Date of attack31 Aug 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-66 (Friedrich Markworth)
Position10° 36'N, 54° 34'W - Grid EE 9590
Complement51 (30 dead and 21 survivors).
ConvoyTRIN-3 (dispersed)
RouteTrinidad (28 Aug) - São Miguel, Azores 
Cargo12,500 tons of fuel oil 
History Completed in October 1926 as Pulpit Point for Vacuum Oil Co Ltd, London. 1934 renamed Winamac for Standard Transportation Co Ltd, Hong Kong. 1939 transferred to Socony Vacuum Transportation Co Ltd, Montreal. 
Notes on event

At 14.17 hours on 31 Aug 1942 the unescorted Winamac (Master Edgar Harrison), dispersed from convoy TRIN-3, was hit in the engine room by one of two torpedoes from U-66 about 390 miles east of Trinidad. The tanker burst into flames and sank quickly. The master, 26 crew members and three gunners were lost. 21 crew members were picked up by Empire Lugard and landed at Trinidad.

On boardWe have details of 29 people who were on board

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