Ships hit by U-boats

Whitford Point

British Steam merchant

NameWhitford Point
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,026 tons
Completed1928 - R. Duncan & Co Ltd, Port Glasgow 
OwnerGowan Shipping Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack20 Oct 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-47 (G√ľnther Prien)
Position56° 38'N, 16° 00'W - Grid AL 0364
Complement39 (36 dead and 3 survivors).
RouteBaltimore - Halifax (8 Oct) - London 
Cargo7840 tons of steel 
History Completed in September 1928 as Benholm for J. Edgar & Co, Liverpool. 1937 renamed Whitford Point for Gowan Shipping Co Ltd, London.  
Notes on event

At 01.48 hours on 20 October 1940 the Whitford Point (Master John Edward Young) in convoy HX-79 was hit by one torpedo from U-47 and sank 90 miles southwest of Rockall. The master, 33 crew members and two gunners were lost. Three crew members were picked up by HMS Sturdy (H 28) (LtCdr G.T. Cooper, RN) and landed at Londonderry.

On boardWe have details of 36 people who were on board

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