Ships hit by U-boats


Kavak

British Steam merchant



Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

NameKavak
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,782 tons
Completed1929 - A. McMillan & Son Ltd, Dumbarton 
OwnerMoss Hutchinson Line Ltd, Liverpool 
HomeportLiverpool 
Date of attack2 Dec 1940Nationality:      British
 
FateSunk by U-101 (Ernst Mengersen)
Position55° 00'N, 19° 30'W - Grid AL 6492
Complement41 (25 dead and 16 survivors).
ConvoyHX-90
RouteDemerera - Halifax (21 Nov) - Newport, Mon. 
Cargo1745 tons of bauxite and 1650 tons of pitch 
History Completed in September 1929 
Notes on event

At 04.06 hours on 2 Dec 1940, U-101 attacked convoy HX-90 about 340 miles west of Bloody Foreland and reported one ship sunk and another damaged. In fact, only Kavak (Master Jackson Napier) was hit and sunk. The master, 23 crew members and one gunner were lost. 15 crew members and one gunner were picked up by HMS Viscount (D 92) (LtCdr M.S. Townsend, OBE, DSC, RN) and landed at Liverpool.

 
On boardWe have details of 25 people who were on board

Location of attack on Kavak.

ship sunk.


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