Canadian Steam merchant
|Completed||1923 - Smith´s Dock Co Ltd, South Bank, Middlesbrough|
|Owner||Canada Steamship Lines Ltd, Montreal|
|Date of attack||3 Sep 1942||Nationality: Canadian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-517 (Paul Hartwig)|
|Position||50° 32'N, 58° 46'W - Grid BB 2273|
|Complement||20 (3 dead and 17 survivors).|
|Route||Montreal - Quebec - Goose Bay, Labrador|
|Cargo||Aviation gasoline in drums and bulk cement for US Air Force|
|Notes on event|
At 07.56 hours on 3 Sep 1942, U-517 fired torpedoes at the convoy LN-7 northeast of Cape Whittle in the Gulf of St.Lawrence, heard one detonation after 2 minutes 35 seconds and later observed burning superstructure. Härtwig thought that he had hit two ships. In fact only the Donald Stewart (Master Daniel Percy Nolan) was hit by one torpedo just forward of the engine room. The ship caught fire and sank shortly afterwards. Three crew members were lost. The master, 15 crew members and one passenger were picked up by HMCS Shawinigan (K 136) (Lt C.P. Balfry) and HMCS Trail (K 174) (Lt G.S. Hall) and landed at Quebec.
Some hours after the attack, U-517 was attacked by a Digby aircraft (RCAF-Sqdn 10), piloted by FO J.H. Sanderson. He flew a fast attack from only 45 metres altitude, but the depth charges exploded prematurely causing more damage to his aircraft than to the U-boat.
|On board||We have details of 5 people who were on board.|
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