Ships hit by U-boats


Harpagus

British Steam merchant


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NameHarpagus
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,173 tons
Completed1940 - Bartram & Sons Ltd, South Dock, Sunderland 
OwnerJ. & C. Harrison Ltd, London 
HomeportLondon 
Date of attack20 May 1941Nationality:      British
 
FateSunk by U-109 (Hans-Georg Fischer)
Position56.47N, 40.55W - Grid AJ 3256
Complement98 (58 dead and 40 survivors).
ConvoyHX-126 (straggler)
RouteBaltimore - Halifax - Barry Roads 
Cargo8250 tons of grain 
History  
Notes on event

At 04.58 hours on 20 May 1941, the Norman Monarch in station #91 of convoy HX-126 was torpedoed and sunk by U-94 (Kuppisch). The Harpagus (Master James Valentine Stewart) in station #93 was the designed rescue ship for the column and dropped back to rescue survivors. After picking up the whole complement of 48 men, she set course to regain the convoy.

At 23.20 hours on 20 May 1941, the Harpagus, having almost regained position, was struck by two torpedoes from U-109 in the starboard side and sank very quickly about 250 miles south-southeast of Cape Farewell. 25 crew members, four gunners, three passengers and 26 survivors were lost. The master, 17 crew members and 22 survivors were picked up by HMS Burnham (H 82) (Cdr J. Bostock) and landed at Reykjavik.

 
On boardWe have details of 54 people who were on board

Location of attack on Harpagus.

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