Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,433 tons
Completed1930 - Cowpen Dry Docks & Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Blyth 
OwnerBurnett SS Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
Date of attack19 Jul 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-66 (Richard Zapp)
Position19° 00'N, 21° 30'W - Grid DT 9515
Complement37 (21 dead and 16 survivors).
ConvoyOG-67 (dispersed)
RouteHull - Pepel 
History Completed in August 1930 
Notes on event

At 10.42 hours on 19 July 1941 the Holmside (Master Norman Caulfield), dispersed from convoy OG-67, was hit by three torpedoes from U-66 and sank within 15 minutes northeast of the Cape Verde Islands. During a first attack the ship had been missed with two stern and two bow torpedoes between 03.16 and 03.23 hours. 18 crew members and three gunners were lost. The master, 13 crew members and two gunners were picked up by the Portuguese steam merchant Sete Cidades and landed at Lisbon on 1 August.

On boardWe have details of 23 people who were on board

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