British Motor merchant
|Completed||1939 - Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Wallsend, Sunderland|
|Owner||Stott, Mann & Fleming Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne|
|Date of attack||29 May 1943||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-198 (Werner Hartmann)|
|Position||30° 50'S, 39° 32'E - Grid JA 1223|
|Complement||44 (7 dead and 37 survivors).|
|Route||Calcutta (7 May) - Colombo (16 May) - Durban - Table Bay - UK|
|Cargo||9000 tons of general cargo|
|History||Completed in January 1940 |
|Notes on event|
At 19.37 hours on 29 May 1943 the unescorted Hopetarn (Master Stewart Wilson) was torpedoed and sunk by U-198 about 450 miles east of Durban. Six crew members and one gunner were lost. The master, 28 crew members and seven gunners were picked up two days later by the British merchant Nirvana and landed at Durban on 3 June. The second officer was taken prisoner by the U-boat, transferred to the German supply tanker Charlotte Schliemann on 26 June and landed at Batavia on 15 July. He was handed over to the Japanese and held in a camp on Java for the first four months, then on Sumatra until May 1945 and was liberated in Singapore at the end of the war.
|On board||We have details of 11 people who were on board.|
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