British Steam tanker
|Completed||1923 - Ateliers & Chantiers de France, Dunkirk|
|Owner||Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||18 Nov 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-624 (Ulrich Graf von Soden-Fraunhofen)|
|Position||54° 07'N, 38° 26'W - Grid AK 4858|
|Complement||59 (20 dead and 39 survivors).|
|Route||Liverpool (7 Nov) - New York - Trinidad|
|History||Ordered as French Saint Quentin for Société Navale de l´Ouest, completed as Beglian President Sergent for Compagnie Financière Belge des Petroles (Petrofina) SA, Antwerp. 1925 registered in France for Société Anonyme Purfina Transports, Dunkirk. On 8 Jul 1940, seized at Bermuda by Britain and transferred to the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). |
|Notes on event|
At 06.03 and 06.04 hours on 18 Nov 1942, U-624 fired torpedoes at convoy ONS-144 south-southeast of Cape Farewell and reported the sinking of two merchants and one corvette and another merchant damaged. In fact, the President Sergent (the ship of convoy commodore) and Parismina were sunk and the Yaka damaged, while HNoMS Montbretia (K 208) (LtCdr Halvor Søiland) was missed by a torpedo.
At 09.30 hours, the U-boat spotted the damaged President Sergent (Master Patrick Gerald Gordon Dove) lying deep in the water with a heavy list and a corvette nearby. After 15 minutes they heard a detonation and sinking noises. 20 crew members were lost. The master, the commodore (Cmdr J.K. Brook, RD, CBE, DSO, RNR), six naval staff members, 24 crew members and seven gunners were picked up by the British rescue ship Perth (Master Keith Williamson, OBE) and landed at Halifax on 25 November.
|On board||We have details of 23 people who were on board.|
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