British Steam merchant
|Completed||1915 - Craig, Taylor & Co Ltd, Stockton-on-Tees|
|Owner||Evan Thomas Radcliffe & Co, Cardiff|
|Date of attack||18 Mar 1943||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-663 (Heinrich Schmid)|
|Position||52° 21'N, 27° 15'W - Grid AK 9655|
|Complement||53 (53 dead - no survivors)|
|Route||Pepel - New York (5 Mar) - Barrow|
|Cargo||8450 tons of iron ore|
|History||Launched as Windsor, completed in November 1915 as Gwent for H. & D. Radcliffe, London. 1917 renamed Clarissa Radcliffe for Evan Thomas Radcliffe & Co, Cardiff. |
|Notes on event|
At 15.40 hours on 18 March 1943 the Clarissa Radcliffe (Master Stuart Gordon Finnes), a straggler from convoy SC-122 since a heavy storm in approx. 42°N/62°W on 9 March, was hit by one torpedo from U-663 and sank immediately about 700 miles southwest of Cape Farewell. At 15.35 hours, the ship had been missed with a spread of three torpedoes because Schmid apparently overestimated her speed. There were no survivors: the master, 42 crew members and ten gunners were lost.
|On board||We have details of 53 people who were on board.|
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