Ships hit by U-boats

Robert Max

British Sailing ship

Robert Max being towed into St. John's circa 1930. Photo courtesy of Wade Thornhill

NameRobert Max
Type:Sailing ship
Tonnage172 tons
Completed1920 - McKay Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Shelburne NS 
OwnerGrand Bank Fisheries Ltd, St. John’s 
HomeportSt. John’s 
Date of attack4 Aug 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-126 (Ernst Bauer)
Position36° 47'N, 21° 15'W - Grid CF 8183
Complement7 (0 dead and 7 survivors).
RouteGrand Bank, Newfoundland - Oporto, Portugal 
History Built as Clara B. Crenser, later renamed Robert Max 
Notes on event

At 20.55 hours on 4 Aug 1941 the schooner Robert Max (Master Harry Thomasen) was stopped by two shots across her bow by U-126 near the Azores and was sunk two hours later by 17 rounds from the deck gun and gunfire after the crew was allowed to leave their ship in a lifeboat. They were questioned by the Germans, who offered cigarettes, gave them the course to San Miguel and wished good luck before leaving the area. The survivors reached the Azores after three days and were repatriated from Oporto to Grand Bank by the British schooners James and Stanley and Helen Forsey.

On boardWe have details of 1 people who were on board

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