British Steam merchant
|Type:||Steam merchant (Ocean (British Liberty))|
|Completed||1942 - Todd-Bath Iron Shipbuilding Corp, Portland ME|
|Owner||Maclay & McIntyre Ltd, Glasgow|
|Date of attack||3 Sep 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-109 (Heinrich Bleichrodt)|
|Position||0° 57'N, 4° 11'W - Grid FF 3658|
|Complement||54 (4 dead and 50 survivors).|
|Route||Liverpool (9 Aug) - Capetown - Middle East|
|Cargo||7000 tons of military stores|
|History||Completed in June 1942 for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) |
|Notes on event|
At 00.50 hours on 3 Sep 1942 the Ocean Might (Master William James Park), dispersed from convoy OS-37 was hit in the stern by one torpedo from U-109 southwest of Takoradi and sunk by a coup de grâce at 01.10 hours after the crew had abandoned ship. Bleichrodt then searched for the lifeboats in order to take the master prisoner, but he was not able to find them in the darkness. The U-boat had first sighted the zigzagging ship at 18.28 hours on 1 September and fired a spread of three torpedoes at 19.22 hours the next day during a second attack attempt. All torpedoes missed because the steamer turned away, the same happened as a stern torpedo was fired two minutes later. Bleichrodt surfaced and overtook the ship with full speed, but missed again at 00.49 hours with a first torpedo, until the sixth torpedo fired hit the vessel ending a 30 hours long hunt.
|On board||We have details of 6 people who were on board.|
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