Ships hit by U-boats

St. Helena

British Steam merchant

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NameSt. Helena
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,313 tons
Completed1936 - J.L. Thompson & Sons Ltd, North Sands, Sunderland 
OwnerSouth American Saint Line, Cardiff 
Date of attack12 Apr 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-124 (Georg-Wilhelm Schulz)
Position7° 50'N, 14° 00'W - Grid ET 6117
Complement41 (0 dead and 41 survivors).
RouteMontevideo - Rio Grande do Sul - Santos - Bahia - Freetown - Hull 
Cargo7600 tons of grain and general cargo, including canned meat, cotton, rice and wet hides 
Notes on event

At 05.09 hours on 12 April 1941 the unescorted St. Helena (Master Percy John Reavley) was hit under the bridge by one torpedo from U-124 and sank capsizing to port about 100 miles southwest of Freetown. The U-boat surfaced and questioned the survivors before leaving the area. The master, 35 crew members, two gunners and three passengers were picked up by HMS Wishart (D 67) (Cdr E.T. Cooper) and landed at Freetown.

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