Ships hit by U-boats

Ocean Vagabond

British Steam merchant

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NameOcean Vagabond
Type:Steam merchant (Ocean (British Liberty))
Tonnage7,174 tons
Completed1942 - Permanente Metals Corp, Richmond CA 
OwnerW.H. Seager & Co Ltd, Cardiff 
Date of attack11 Jan 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-186 (Siegfried Hesemann)
Position57° 17'N, 20° 11'W - Grid AL 2882
Complement47 (1 dead and 46 survivors).
ConvoySC-115 (straggler)
RouteBotwood - St.Johns - Hull 
Cargowheat, lumber and 3165 tons of sulphite pulp 
History Completed in July 1942 for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT)

At 22.25 hours on 29 Sep 1942, the Ocean Vagabond in convoy HX-209 was torpedoed and damaged by U-513 (Rüggeberg) in 47°31N/52°27W. 

Notes on event

At 00.33 hours on 11 Jan 1943 the Ocean Vagabond (Master John William Smith), a straggler from convoy SC-115, was torpedoed by U-186 south of Iceland and sank at 03.07 hours, following two coups de grâce at 00.59 and 01.45 hours. One crew member was lost. The master, 41 crew members and four gunners were picked up by HMS Wanderer (D 74) (LtCdr D.H.P. Gardiner) and landed at Liverpool.

On boardWe have details of 2 people who were on board

Attack entries for Ocean Vagabond

DateU-boatCommanderLoss typeTonsNat.
29 Sep 1942U-513KrvKpt. Rolf RüggebergDamaged7,174  
11 Jan 1943U-186Kptlt. Siegfried HesemannSunk7,174  

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