Ships hit by U-boats

Newton Ash

British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Stuart Smith

NameNewton Ash
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,625 tons
Completed1925 - William Pickersgill & Sons Ltd, Sunderland 
OwnerCharles Strubin & Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack8 Feb 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-402 (Siegfried Freiherr von Forstner)
Position56° 25'N, 22° 26'W - Grid AL 5143
Complement42 (38 dead and 4 survivors).
RouteSt. John, New Brunswick - Halifax - Hull 
Cargo6500 tons of grain, military stores and mail 
History Completed in March 1925 for John Ridley, Son & Tully, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. 1941 sold to Charles Strubin & Co Ltd, London. 
Notes on event

At 01.42 hours on 8 February 1943 the Newton Ash (Master James Purvis) in convoy SC-118 was torpedoed and sunk by U-402 south of Iceland. The master, 32 crew members and five gunners were lost. Four crew members were picked up by USCGC Ingham (WPG 35) and landed at Reykjavik.

On boardWe have details of 39 people who were on board

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