British Motor tanker
|Completed||1943 - Furness Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Haverton Hill, Middlesbrough|
|Owner||British Tanker Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||20 Oct 1943||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Damaged by U-532 (Ottoheinrich Junker)|
|Position||11° 49'N, 74° 54'E - Grid MS 8330|
|Complement||60 (0 dead and 60 survivors).|
|Route||Abadan (4 Oct) - Bandar Abbas - Bombay (18 Oct) - Colombo - Madras|
|Cargo||8000 tons of motor spirit and kerosene|
Completed in April 1943
|Notes on event|
At 18.54 hours on 20 Oct 1943 the British Purpose in station #21 of convoy BM-71 was hit on the starboard bow in the bunker underneath the fore deep tank by one torpedo from U-532 about 60 miles south of Mangalore, India. The explosion lifted the bow, blew bunker oil over the ship and destroyed the forepeak and forward compartments. No injuries were reported by the crew of 51 and nine gunners (the ship was armed with one 4in, one 12pdr, four 20mm and two machine guns). The flooding of the fore hold caused the ship to settle by the bow, but the cargo tanks were not affected. As the tanker stopped the next ship following astern, the Panamanian motor tanker California Standard struck her a glancing blow without causing much damage. The British Purpose fell out of convoy, restarted the engines and headed unescorted for Cochin under her own power at 7 knots because there were not enough escorts with convoy. Underway the crew was forced to jettison approximately 1000 tons of motor spirit from the center tanks to restore the lost buoyancy and reduce the strain on the wing tanks, which were leaking through small cracks. In the afternoon on 21 October, the tanker arrived at Cochin where the cargo was discharged and temporary repairs carried out. After six days, she continued to Bombay for permanent repairs, escorted by the Indian auxiliary patrol vessel HMIS Ramdas and returned to service in May 1944.
|On board||We have details of 10 people who were on board.|
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