Ships hit by U-boats

John Holt

British Steam merchant

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NameJohn Holt
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,975 tons
Completed1938 - Cammell Laird & Co Ltd, Birkenhead 
OwnerJohn Holt & Co (Liverpool) Ltd, Liverpool 
Date of attack24 Sep 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-107 (G√ľnter Hessler)
Position31° 12'N, 23° 32'W - Grid DH 4178
Complement69 (1 dead and 68 survivors).
RouteDuala - Liverpool 
Cargo4560 tons of West African produce 
History Completed in June 1938 
Notes on event

At 06.31 hours on 24 Sep 1941, U-107 attacked convoy SL-87 southwest of Madeira and reported three ships sunk. These ships were John Holt, Lafian and Dixcove.

The John Holt (Master Cecil Gordon Hime) was the ship of convoy commodore Cdr A. MacRae, DSC, RNR. The master, the commodore, five naval staff members, 45 crew members, seven gunners and nine passengers were picked up by HMS Gorleston (Y 92) (Cdr R.W. Keymer, (retired), RN) and landed at Ponta Delgada, Azores. One gunner was lost.

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