Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,735 tons
Completed1924 - Kjobenhavns Flydedok & Skibsv√¶rft A/S, Copenhagen 
OwnerAtkinson & Prickett Ltd, Hull 
Date of attack8 Feb 1944Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-985 (Horst Wilhelm Kessler)
Position61° 30'N, 10° 30'W - Grid AE 8688
Complement30 (30 dead - no survivors)
ConvoyUR-108 (straggler)
RouteTyne (29 Jan) - Loch Ewe (5 Feb) - Reykjavik 
History Completed in April 1924 as Danish Margit for Holm & Wonsild, Copenhagen. 1940 seized by Britain and transferred to Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 
Notes on event

At 01.45 hours on 8 Feb 1944 the Margit (Master Holger Johansen), a straggler from convoy UR-108 since 7 February due to bad weather, was hit in the stern by one of two torpedoes fired by U-985 southeast of Iceland. The ship first sank on even keel, but then settled by the stern and finally capsized. The master, 23 crew members and six gunners were lost.

On boardWe have details of 30 people who were on board

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