Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage6,008 tons
Completed1930 - J. Readhead & Sons Ltd, South Shields 
OwnerF.C. Strick & Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack29 Sep 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-332 (Johannes Liebe)
Position12° 37'N, 57° 10'W - Grid EE 8184
Complement54 (16 dead and 38 survivors).
RouteBasrah - Capetown (8 Sep) - Trinidad - Philadelphia 
Cargo1319 tons of general cargo 
History Completed in March 1930 as steam merchant Registan (5886 grt) for F.C. Strick & Co Ltd, London. On 13 September 1940 requisitioned by the Royal Navy and converted to the ocean boarding vessel (OBV) HMS Registan (F 106). On 27 May 1941 the vessel was bombed by German aircraft off Cape Cornwall, caught fire and 63 crew members were lost. The survivors were rescued by HMS Wivern (D 66), HMS Vansittart (D 64) and HMS Wild Swan (D 62) and landed at Milford Haven. The badly damaged ship was towed to Falmouth by the rescue tug HMS Goliath (W 121), where she was rebuilt to a merchant and was returned to the owner in November 1941. 
Notes on event

At 01.12 hours on 29 Sep 1942 the unescorted Registan (Master Charles Spencer Bartlett) was torpedoed and sunk by U-332 about 140 miles east of Barbados. Eleven crew members and five gunners were lost. The master, 34 crew members and three gunners were picked up on 30 September by the Argentinian merchant Rio Neuquen and landed at Pernambuco on 11 October.

On boardWe have details of 52 people who were on board

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