Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Jorgen Lonn

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,283 tons
Completed1920 - Earleā€™s Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Hull 
OwnerP. & O. Steam Navigation Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack28 Oct 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-509 (Werner Witte)
Position31° 30'N, 19° 35'W - Grid DH 4958
Complement73 (20 dead and 53 survivors).
RouteSuez - Durban - Freetown (16 Oct) - Manchester 
Cargo7000 tons of general cargo, including 1501 tons of copper 
History Completed in September 1920 
Notes on event

Between 22.00 and 22.09 hours on 28 Oct 1942, U-509 fired five torpedoes at convoy SL-125 northwest of the Canary Islands and heard two detonations on unintended targets within convoy and then observed two hits on two ships. Another torpedo fired at 22.10 hours missed. In fact, the Nagpore was sunk and the Hopecastle damaged, which was later finished off by U-203 (Kottmann).

The Nagpore (Master Percy Ernest Tonkin) was the ship of convoy commodore Rear Admiral Sir C.N. Reyne, KBE, RN. The master, 18 crew members and one naval staff member were lost. The commodore, five naval staff members, 23 crew members and five gunners were picked up by HMS Crocus (K 49) (T/Lt J.F. Holm, RNR) and landed at Liverpool on 9 November.
On 10 November, the fourth engineer J.J. Marshall and 18 survivors landed at La Orotave, Canary Islands, after being adrift in a lifeboat for 14 days.

On boardWe have details of 25 people who were on board

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