British Steam merchant
|Completed||1918 - Superior Ship Building Co, Superior WI|
|Owner||Bowater´s Newfoundland Pulp & Paper Mills Ltd, Corner Brook|
|Date of attack||14 Aug 1940||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-59 (Joachim Matz)|
|Position||55° 52'N, 8° 14'W - Grid AM 5462|
|Complement||34 (30 dead and 4 survivors).|
|Route||Saigon, Indo-China - Liverpool|
|Cargo||2726 tons of rice|
|History||Built as American Lake Agomak for US Shipping Board, Washington DC. 1924 renamed Betty Weems for Baltimore & Carolina SS Co, Baltimore MD. 1930 transferred to A.H. Bull SS Co, Baltimore MD and 1931 renamed Betty. 1937 sold to China Merchants Steam Navigation Co, Shanghai and 1938 transferred to William Hunt & Co, Hong Kong. 1940 taken over by the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). |
|Notes on event|
At 22.34 hours on 14 Aug 1940 the unescorted Betty (Master Thomas H. Sessions) was torpedoed and sunk by U-59 35 miles 260° from Tory Island. The master and 29 crew members were lost. Four crew members were picked up by the HMS Man o´ War (FY 104) (Lt A.D. White) and landed at Belfast.
|On board||We have details of 34 people who were on board.|
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