Ships hit by U-boats


Canadian Steam merchant

Magog under her former name John C. Howard

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,053 tons
Completed1923 - Frazer Brace Ltd, Three Rivers PQ 
OwnerCanada Steamship Lines Ltd, Montreal 
Date of attack5 Jul 1940Nationality:      Canadian
FateSunk by U-99 (Otto Kretschmer)
Position50° 31'N, 11° 05'W - Grid BF 1144
Complement23 (0 dead and 23 survivors).
ConvoyHX-52 (straggler)
RouteHalifax (21 Jun) - Preston 
Cargo512 standards of timber 
History Built as John C. Howard, later renamed Magog 
Notes on event

At 12.51 hours on 5 July 1940 the Magog (Master T. Swales Doughty), a straggler from convoy HX-52, was damaged by a stern torpedo from U-99 that exploded prematurely. The U-boat surfaced after 20 minutes and began to shell her until the master and 22 crew members abandoned ship in a lifeboat about 58 miles west-southwest of Fastnet. At 13.52 hours, a G7e torpedo was fired that hit aft of amidships and broke the ship in two. The stern sank, but the foreship remained afloat on the cargo of timber even after the U-boat fired three rounds from the deck gun into it at 15.05 hours. On 8 July, the wreck foundered in 50°32N/11°20W. The survivors had been questioned by the Germans and were later picked up by the Swedish merchant Fidra and landed at Queenstown, Cork.

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