Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,571 tons
Completed1923 - A. Stephen & Sons Ltd, Linthouse, Glasgow 
OwnerClyde Shipping Co Ltd, Glasgow 
Date of attack7 Feb 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-402 (Siegfried Freiherr von Forstner)
Position55° 13'N, 26° 22'W - Grid AK 6668
Complement74 (46 dead and 28 survivors).
RouteHalifax (27 Jan) - Greenock 
History Completed in June 1923. On 24 Oct 1941, the Toward was commissioned as convoy rescue ship, she accompanied 45 convoys and rescued 337 survivors until lost. 
Notes on event

At 03.47 hours on 7 Feb 1943, U-402 fired a torpedo that hit the Toward (Master George Keir Hudson) on the port side after 2 minutes 15 seconds and caused the ship to sink in about 15 minutes southeast of Cape Farewell. The Toward was the rescue ship that accompanied convoy SC-118 and dropped from her position to rescue survivors. The master, 28 crew members, eleven gunners, one naval surgeon, one sick berth attendant, two signalmen and two passengers were lost. 22 crew members, five gunners and one signalman were picked up by HMS Mignonette (K 38) (Lt H.H. Brown, RNR) and landed at Londonderry.

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