British Steam merchant
|Completed||1918 - J.L. Thompson & Sons Ltd, North Sands, Sunderland|
|Owner||British India Steam Navigation Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||4 Nov 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-442 (Hans-Joachim Hesse)|
|Position||55° 28'N, 39° 52'W - Grid AK 4411|
|Complement||90 (4 dead and 86 survivors).|
|Route||New York (24 Oct) - Holyhead - Manchester|
|Cargo||8950 tons of general cargo, including 200 tons TNT, 250 tons gunpowder and 300 tons incendiary bombs|
|History||Completed in December 1918 as War Opal for Shipping Controller, managed by T. Law & Co. 1919 renamed Hatimura for British India Steam Navigation Co Ltd, London. |
|Notes on event|
At 00.15 hours on 4 Nov 1942, U-132 (Vogelsang) attacked the convoy SC-107 about 500 miles southeast of Cape Farewell, sank the Hobbema and Empire Lynx and damaged the Hatimura. The U-boat was lost after this attack when her last victim, the Hatimura, exploded.
Three crew members and one gunner from Hatimura (Master Willie Furneaux Putt) were lost. The master, 76 crew members and nine gunners were picked up by the American tugs Pessacus and Uncas, transferred to the British rescue ship Stockport (Master Thomas Ernest Fea OBE) and landed at Reykjavik on 8 November.
|On board||We have details of 6 people who were on board.|
Attack entries for Hatimura
|4 Nov 1942||U-132||Kptlt. Ernst Vogelsang||Damaged||6,690|
|4 Nov 1942||U-442||KrvKpt. Hans-Joachim Hesse||Sunk||6,690|
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