Ships hit by U-boats

Ocean Might

British Steam merchant

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NameOcean Might
Type:Steam merchant (Ocean (British Liberty))
Tonnage7,173 tons
Completed1942 - Todd-Bath Iron Shipbuilding Corp, Portland ME 
OwnerMaclay & McIntyre Ltd, Glasgow 
Date of attack3 Sep 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-109 (Heinrich Bleichrodt)
Position0° 57'N, 4° 11'W - Grid FF 3658
Complement54 (4 dead and 50 survivors).
ConvoyOS-37 (dispersed)
RouteLiverpool (9 Aug) - Capetown - Middle East 
Cargo7000 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 grĂ¢ce 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.
Three crew members and one gunner were lost. The master, 40 crew members and nine gunners landed 35 miles east of Accra at Ningo, Gold Coast.

On boardWe have details of 6 people who were on board

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