Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,566 tons
Completed1925 - Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow 
OwnerAlexander Capper & Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack5 May 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-123 (Horst von Schroeter)
Position4° 30'N, 10° 20'W - Grid EU 7251
Complement46 (2 dead and 44 survivors).
RouteBuenos Aires - Montevideo (17 Apr) - Freetown - UK 
Cargo7798 tons of general cargo 
History Built as Wirral 1934 renamed Holmbury 
Notes on event

At 11.20 hours on 5 May 1943 the unescorted Holmbury (Master John Bryce Lawson) was torpedoed by U-123 about 170 miles west of Cape Palmas. The vessel was sunk by 26 rounds of 10.5cm gunfire. Two crew members were lost. The master was taken prisoner, landed at Lorient on 8 June and taken to the POW camp Milag Nord. 37 crew members and six gunners landed at Tradetown, Liberia.

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