Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of the Allen Collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,059 tons
Completed1919 - W. Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool 
OwnerEllerman & Papayanni Lines Ltd, Liverpool 
Date of attack16 Nov 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-65 (Hans-Gerrit von Stockhausen)
Position2° 49'N, 15° 29'W - Grid ET 8944
Complement39 (6 dead and 33 survivors).
ConvoyOB-234 (dispersed)
RouteLiverpool (24 Oct) - Capetown - Port Said - Istanbul 
Cargo4000 tons of general cargo 
History Completed in September 1919 
Notes on event

At 14.29 hours on 16 Nov 1940 the unarmed Fabian (Master Montague Hocking), dispersed from convoy OB-234, was hit in the foreship by one torpedo from U-65 about 350 miles south-southwest of Freetown. At 15.54 hours, the U-boat surfaced and sank the ship with five of eight rounds from the deck gun. The Germans then questioned the survivors, treated two injured men and provided food and water. The master and 32 crew members were picked up by the British steam tanker British Statesman and landed at Freetown. Six crew members were lost.

On boardWe have details of 7 people who were on board

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