British Steam passenger ship
|Type:||Steam passenger ship|
|Completed||1918 - Ateliers & Chantiers de France, Dunkirk|
|Owner||Canadian Pacific Steamships Ltd, Montreal|
|Date of attack||22 Oct 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-443 (Konstantin von Puttkamer)|
|Position||49.51N, 27.58W - Grid BD 3544|
|Complement||192 (0 dead and 192 survivors).|
|Route||Liverpool (15 Oct) - St. John, New Brunswick|
|Cargo||3000 tons of general cargo|
|History||Completed in October 1918 as French Jacques Cartier for Compagnie Générale Transatlantique, Paris. 1930 renamed Winnipeg for the same owner. 1938 renamed Paimpol for one voyage to South America for Compagnie France-Navigation, Dunkirk.|
In the evening on 26 May, 1941, the Vichy French Winnipeg enroute from Casablanca to Guadeloupe with about 750 passengers was captured by HNMS Van Kinsbergen (U 93) (Cdr J.L.K. Hoeke, RNN) and taken the next day to Port of Spain, Trinidad. The ship was taken over by the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) and renamed Winnipeg II.
|Notes on event|
At 21.45 hours on 22 Oct, 1942, U-443 fired a spread of two torpedoes at the convoy ON-139 southwest of Fastnet and heard two hits but no detonations after 1 minutes 14 seconds. These were probably duds. At 21.48 hours, the U-boat fired another spread of two torpedoes, which sank the Winnipeg II. Two minutes later the stern torpedo was fired, which damaged the Donax.
The master, 113 crew members, ten gunners and 68 passengers from Winnipeg II (Master Oswald Franklin Pennington, DSC) were picked up by HMCS Morden (K 170) (T/Lt J.J. Hodgkinson, RCNR) and landed at St. John’s on 25 October.
|On board||We have details of 3 people who were on board.|
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