Ships hit by U-boats

Robin Goodfellow

American Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Joseph Hinton

NameRobin Goodfellow
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage6,885 tons
Completed1920 - Skinner & Eddy Corp, Seattle WA 
OwnerSeas Shipping Co Inc, New York 
HomeportNew York 
Date of attack25 Jul 1944Nationality:      American
FateSunk by U-862 (Heinrich Timm)
Position20° 03'S, 14° 21'W - Grid FT 8461
Complement69 (69 dead - no survivors)
RouteCapetown (16 Jul) - Bahia, Brazil - New York 
Cargo8602 tons of chrome ore 
History Completed in February 1920. On 14 October 1931 the Robin Goodfellow ran aground due to a navigational error in the Delaware River and remained beached south of New Castle for nearly two months. 
Notes on event

At 02.12 hours on 25 July 1944 the unescorted Robin Goodfellow (Master Bjarne Bjornsgaard) was torpedoed and sunk by U-862 in the South Atlantic. The British motor merchant Priam received a distress signal, but none of the eight officers, 33 crewmen and 28 armed guards (the ship was armed with one 4in, one 3in and five 20mm guns) survived.

On boardWe have details of 69 people who were on board

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