Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

We don't have a picture of this vessel at this time.

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,995 tons
Completed1919 - Pacific Coast Shipbuilding Co, Bay Point CA 
OwnerLamport & Holt Ltd, Liverpool 
Date of attack20 May 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-556 (Herbert Wohlfarth)
Position57° 28'N, 41° 07'W - Grid AJ 3482
Complement41 (0 dead and 41 survivors).
RouteHouston - Halifax - Holyhead - Cardiff 
Cargo2719 tons steel, 1924 tons carbon black, 250 tons TNT, 223 tons trucks and 1162 tons general cargo 
History Completed in November 1919 for US Shipping Board (USSB), later laid up as part of the reserve fleet. 1941 given to Britain and transferred to the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 
Notes on event

At 14.48, 14.50 and 15.16 hours on 20 May 1941, U-556 fired torpedoes at convoy HX-126 south-southeast of Cape Farewell and sank three ships, the Darlington Court, British Security and Cockaponset.

The master and 40 crew members from the Cockaponset (Master Benjamin Green) were picked up by the Dutch rescue ship Hontestroom and landed at Reykjavik on 27 May.

On boardWe have details of 3 people who were on board

If you can help us with any additional information on this vessel then please contact us.

Return to Allied Ships hit by U-boats