Ships hit by U-boats

Bengore Head

British Steam merchant

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NameBengore Head
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,609 tons
Completed1922 - IrvineĀ“s Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co Ltd, Harbour Dock, West Hartlepool 
OwnerG. Heyn & Sons Ltd, Belfast 
Date of attack9 May 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-110 (Fritz-Julius Lemp)
Position60° 45'N, 33° 02'W - Grid AK 21
Complement41 (1 dead and 40 survivors).
RouteBelfast - Montreal 
Cargo1200 tons of coal and binder twine 
History Completed in April 1922

In October 1940, the Bengore Head rescued 16 survivors from the Benlawers, which had been torpedoed and sunk by U-123 (Moehle) on 6 October. 
Notes on event

At 11.58 hours on 9 May 1941, U-110 attacked convoy OB-318 east of Cape Farewell and sank Bengore Head and Esmond, but was then captured after being heavy damaged in the counterattack of the escort ships and foundered later.

One crew member from Bengore Head (Master Maurice Kennedy) was lost. The master, 35 crew members and four gunners were rescued: 16 survivors by the Norwegian steam merchant Borgfred and landed at Sydney on 18 May and 24 survivors by HMS Aubretia (K 96) (LtCdr V.F. Smith, RNR) and landed at Reykjavik.

On boardWe have details of 3 people who were on board

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