Ships hit by U-boats

Humber Arm

British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of State Library of New South Wales

NameHumber Arm
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,758 tons
Completed1925 - Sir W.G. Armstrong, Whitworth & Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
OwnerBowater´s Newfoundland Pulp & Paper Mills Ltd, Corner Brook 
HomeportSt. John’s 
Date of attack8 Jul 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-99 (Otto Kretschmer)
Position50° 36'N, 9° 24'W - Grid BF 1251
Complement43 (0 dead and 43 survivors).
RouteCorner Brook, Newfoundland - Halifax (25 Jun) - Ellesmere Port 
Cargo5450 tons of newsprint, 1000 tons of steel, 450 tons of pulp and 300 tons of lumber 
History Completed in July 1925 
Notes on event

At 07.53 hours on 8 July 1940 the Humber Arm (Master Jack Rowland Morbey) in convoy HX-53 was hit in the foreship by one torpedo from U-99 and sank 60 miles south of Fastnet. The master, 41 crew members and one passenger were picked up by HMS Scimitar (H 21) (Lt R.D. Franks, OBE, RN) and HMS Vanquisher (D 54) (Cdr C.B. Alers-Hankey, RN) and landed at Milford Haven.

On boardWe have details of 22 people who were on board

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