British Steam merchant
|Type:||Steam merchant (Ocean (British Liberty))|
|Completed||1942 - Todd-Bath Iron Shipbuilding Corp, Portland ME|
|Owner||Hain SS Co, London|
|Date of attack||15 Jan 1943||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-182 (Asmus Nicolai Clausen)|
|Position||10° 52'N, 23° 28'W - Grid EJ 8994|
|Complement||58 (52 dead and 6 survivors).|
|Route||Pepel - Freetown (12 Jan) - Trinidad - USA|
|Cargo||8956 tons of iron ore and 8 bags of mail|
|History||Completed in June 1942 for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) |
|Notes on event|
At 03.15 hours on 15 Jan 1943 the unescorted Ocean Courage (Master Thomas Harold Kemp) was hit on the port side on the bulkhead of #2 hold by a torpedo from U-182 and sank by the bow within 90 seconds about 200 miles south of the Cape Verde Islands. The crew of 48 men, eight gunners (the ship was armed with one 3in, three 20mm and two machine guns) and two passengers (DEMS gunners on passage) had no time to launch the lifeboats and most of them were lost in the sinking, including the master, six gunners and both passengers. Only a few men rescued themselves on rafts and debris, but only six men on one of the rafts were found and picked up by the British motor merchant Silverwalnut on 21 January and landed at Norfolk, Virginia.
|On board||We have details of 50 people who were on board.|
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