Ships hit by U-boats

Henry Stanley

British Motor merchant

NameHenry Stanley
Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage5,025 tons
Completed1929 - Ardrossan Dockyard & Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Ardrossan 
OwnerElder Dempster Lines Ltd, Liverpool 
Date of attack6 Dec 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-103 (Gustav-Adolf Janssen)
Position40° 35'N, 39° 40'W - Grid CD 2611
Complement64 (63 dead and 1 survivor).
ConvoyON-149 (dispersed)
RouteLiverpool (26 Nov) - Freetown - Lagos 
Cargo4000 tons of general cargo, including explosives and 2000 bags of mail 
History Completed in April 1929 
Notes on event

At 23.59 hours on 6 December 1942 the Henry Stanley (Master Richard Jones), dispersed from convoy ON-149, was hit in the foreship by one torpedo from U-103 about 580 miles northwest of the Azores. The survivors abandoned ship and were questioned by the Germans, who took the master as prisoner on board. He was landed at Lorient on 29 December and taken to the POW camp Milag Nord. At 01.40 hours, the ship was hit aft of the bridge by a coup de grĂ¢ce and disintegrated in a big explosion. The lifeboats were never seen again: 44 crew members, eight gunners and 11 passengers were lost.

On boardWe have details of 64 people who were on board

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