Ships hit by U-boats

New York

British Steam passenger ship

NameNew York
Type:Steam passenger ship
Tonnage4,989 tons
Completed1924 - Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp, Sparrow´s Point MD 
OwnerCoast Lines Ltd, Liverpool 
Date of attack26 Sep 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-91 (Heinz Walkerling)
Position54° 34'N, 25° 44'W - Grid AL 4499
Complement68 (38 dead and 30 survivors).
RouteNew York – Boston – Halifax - St. John’s (21 Sep) – Londonderry 
History Completed in June 1924 as American New York for Eastern Steamship Lines Inc, Portsmouth. 1942 given to Britain and transferred to the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 
Notes on event

At 23.57 hours on 25 September 1942, U-96 (Hellriegel) fired a spread of two G7e torpedoes at convoy RB-1 about 670 miles west of Achill Head and reported two hits on a passenger ship of the Reina del Pacifico type (17,702 grt). In fact, the ship hit was the New York (Master Chilion Mayers) which had been used for coastal passenger services before the war and her high superstructure and twin funnels led Hellriegel to overestimate his target. She was the ship of convoy vice commodore and was immediately abandoned by the master, 54 crew members, three convoy signalmen and ten gunners after being torpedoed on the port side. HMS Veteran (D 72) (LtCdr T.H. Gardwood, RN) and HMS Vanoc (H 33) (Cdr C.F.H. Churchill, RN) began to rescue survivors, but the latter soon rejoined convoy after picking up the carpenter and one gunner from a raft and landed them at Londonderry on 27 September. About one hour after she was torpedoed, the New York was spotted by U-91 which did not realize that she had been abandoned and thus missed with a spread of three G7e torpedoes fired at 01.22 hours on 26 September. However, the ship eventually sank after being hit by one G7a torpedo fired by U-91 at 01.35 hours. 28 survivors, including the master, had been picked up by HMS Veteran which was sunk later that day by U-404 (von Bülow) with all hands.

On boardWe have details of 68 people who were on board

Attack entries for New York

DateU-boatCommanderLoss typeTonsNat.
25 Sep 1942U-96Oblt. Hans-Jürgen HellriegelDamaged4,989  
26 Sep 1942U-91Kptlt. Heinz WalkerlingSunk4,989  

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