Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,894 tons
Completed1928 - W. Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool 
OwnerSir R. Ropner & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool 
HomeportWest Hartlepool 
Date of attack24 Feb 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-97 (Udo Heilmann)
Position61° 01'N, 12° 00'W - Grid AE 8985
Complement41 (2 dead and 39 survivors).
RouteCardiff - Halifax 
Notes on event

At 02.12 hours on 24 Feb 1941, U-97 fired two torpedoes at convoy OB-289 southwest of the Faröe Islands and reported one ship sunk, but in fact the Mansepool and Jonathan Holt were hit and sunk.

Two crew members from Mansepool (Master Harry Raymond Clark) were lost. The master 19 crew members and two gunners were picked up by the British merchant Thomas Holt, later transferred to HMS Petunia (K 79) (LtCdr G.V. Legassisk), which had earlier rescued 17 other crew members from the same vessel and brought them all to Stornoway.

On boardWe have details of 4 people who were on board

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