Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,486 tons
Completed1928 - Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Dundee 
OwnerWatts, Watts & Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack21 Apr 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-413 (Gustav Poel)
Position55° 46'N, 45° 14'W - Grid AJ 5382
Complement50 (2 dead and 48 survivors).
ConvoyONS-3 (straggler)
RouteTyne - Oban (8 Apr) - New York 
History Completed in October 1928 
Notes on event

At 08.14 hours on 21 April 1943 the Wanstead (Master William B. Johnston) in convoy ONS-3 was hit by one stern torpedo from U-415 (Neide) southeast of Cape Farewell. Two crew members were lost. The master, 40 crew members and seven gunners abandoned the burning ship and were picked up by HMS Poppy (K 213) (Lt N.K. Boyd, DSC) and HMS Northern Gift (4.50) (T/A/LtCdr A.J. Clemence, RNR) and landed at St. Johns. The corvette probably tried to scuttle the ship, but she remained afloat and was sunk by a coup de grĂ¢ce from U-413 at 13.45 hours.

On boardWe have details of 2 people who were on board

Attack entries for Wanstead

DateU-boatCommanderLoss typeTonsNat.
21 Apr 1943U-415Oblt. Kurt NeideDamaged5,486  
21 Apr 1943U-413Kptlt. Gustav PoelSunk5,486  

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