Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Joe McMillan collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,229 tons
Completed1919 - Ayrshire Dockyard Co Ltd, Irvine 
OwnerHouston Line (London) Ltd, London 
Date of attack8 Mar 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-105 (Georg Schewe)
Position20° 35'N, 20° 40'W - Grid DT 9351
Complement75 (14 dead and 61 survivors).
RouteCochin - Capetown - Freetown (1 Mar) - London - Glasgow 
Cargo2000 tons of pig iron and 3930 tons of general cargo 
History Launched as Hermione, completed in October 1919 as Harmodius for British & South American Steam Navigation Co Ltd (R.P. Houston & Co), Liverpool. 1931 transferred to Houston Line (London) Ltd, London. 
Notes on event

At 03.41 hours on 8 March 1941 the Harmodius (Master Robert James Parry) in convoy SL-67 was torpedoed and sunk by U-105 north-northeast of the Cape Verde Islands. 13 crew members and one gunner were lost. The master, 59 crew members and one gunner were picked up by HMS Faulknor (H 62) (Capt A.F. de Salis, RN), transferred to HMS Forester (H 74) (LtCdr E.B. Tancock, DSC, RN) and landed at Gibraltar on 16 March.

On boardWe have details of 13 people who were on board

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