Ships hit by U-boats

Cape Nelson

British Steam merchant

Photo from City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 447-2070

NameCape Nelson
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,807 tons
Completed1929 - Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow 
OwnerLyle Shipping Co Ltd, Glasgow 
Date of attack24 Feb 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-95 (Gerd Schreiber)
Position59° 30'N, 21° 00'W - Grid AL 2362
Complement38 (4 dead and 34 survivors).
ConvoyOB-288 (dispersed)
RouteHull - New York 
History Completed in October 1929 as Knight of St. Michael for Newport Provence Line Ltd (Pardoe-Thomas & Co Ltd), Newport. 1934 renamed Cape Nelson for Lyle Shipping Co Ltd, Glasgow. 
Notes on event

At 00.46 hours on 24 Feb 1941 the unescorted Cape Nelson (Master Kenneth Malcolm Mackenzie), dispersed from convoy OB-288, was hit by a torpedo from U-95 and sank by the bow within 7 minutes southwest of Iceland. The master and three crew members were lost. 34 crew members were picked up by the British steam merchant Harberton and landed at Halifax on 4 March.

On boardWe have details of 4 people who were on board

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