British Steam merchant
|Completed||1921 - Scott“s Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Greenock|
|Owner||Alfred Holt & Co, Liverpool|
|Date of attack||20 Dec 1943||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-515 (Werner Henke)|
|Position||05.01N, 00.47E - Grid EV 8134|
|Complement||116 (23 dead and 93 survivors).|
|Route||Liverpool - Glasgow - Takoradi (19 Dec) - Lagos - Beira|
|Cargo||4544 tons of government stores and general cargo, including mail|
|History||Completed in November 1921|
In November 1932 the Phemius (Master Evans) encountered a severe hurricane in the Caribbean and for six days took a severe pounding eventually losing her funnel, but she safely reached Kingston, Jamaica. A temporary funnel was fitted and she sailed to Hong Kong where a new funnel was installed. In 1942 the Phemius (Master J.L.W. Johnstone) operated between Port Said and Malta in the Mediterranean.
|Notes on loss|
At 00.00 hours on 20 Dec, 1943, the unescorted Phemius (Master Thomas Arthur Kent, OBE) was torpedoed by U-515 about 30 miles south of Accra, Gold Coast and sunk by a Gnat as coup de grāce. Three crew members, one gunner and 19 passengers were lost. The radio officer was taken prisoner by the U-boat. The master, 67 crew members, ten gunners and 14 passengers were picked up by FFL Commandant Drogou (J 3040) and landed at Takoradi on 20 December.
|Crewlists||We have listing of 24 people who were on this vessel|
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