British Steam merchant
|Completed||1919 - Richardson, Duck & Co Ltd, Stockton-on-Tees|
|Owner||R. Chapman & Son, Newcastle-upon-Tyne|
|Date of attack||17 Sep 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-109 (Heinrich Bleichrodt)|
|Position||18.45N, 29.15W - Grid EH 3258|
|Complement||43 (9 dead and 34 survivors).|
|Route||London - Hull - Oban (1 Sep) - Buenos Aires|
|Cargo||5758 tons of coal|
|History||Completed in November 1919 |
|Notes on loss|
At 13.14 hours on 17 Sep, 1942, the Peterton (Master Thomas William Marrie), dispersed from convoy OG-80, was hit by three torpedoes from U-109 and sank by the bow after capsizing northwest of the Cape Verde Islands. Nine crew members were lost. The master was taken prisoner by the U-boat, landed at Lorient on 6 October and brought to the POW camp Marlag und Milag Nord. 22 survivors in a lifeboat were picked up after 49 days by HMS Canna (T 161) (Lt W.N. Bishop-Laggett, RNR) and landed at Freetown. Eleven further survivors were picked up by the Empire Whimbrel and landed at Buenos Aires on 11 October.More information about this sinking can be found in the book Local Heroes - An Epic WW2 Shipwreck and Survival Story written by Neil Carlsen.
|Crewlists||We have listing of 18 people who were on this vessel|
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