Ships hit by U-boats

Svend Foyn

British Whale factory ship

NameSvend Foyn
Type:Whale factory ship
Tonnage14,795 tons
Completed1931 - Furness Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Haverton Hill, Middlesbrough 
OwnerSt. Helier Shipowners Ltd (Fadum & Wang), St. Helier, Jersey 
Date of attack7 Oct 1941Nationality:      British
FateDamaged by U-502 (Jürgen von Rosenstiel)
Position60° 37'N, 21° 44'W - Grid AL 2211
Complement328 (30 dead and 298 survivors).
ConvoyHX-152 (straggler)
RouteNew York (23 Sep) - Halifax (28 Sep) - Liverpool 
CargoOil fuel and aircraft and tanks as deck cargo 
History Completed in August 1931 for Hvalfanger A/S Sydhavet (Johan Rasmussen & Co), Sandefjord. 1932 sold to St. Helier Shipowners Ltd (Hans Borge), London.

On 19 March 1943 the Svend Foyn collided with an iceberg 70 miles south of Cape Farewell in 58°05N/44°15W and foundered two days later with the loss of 43 out of the 195 crew and passengers aboard. The ship was sailing as vessel of the vice commodore in convoy HX-229A from New York to Liverpool with a cargo of fuel oil. 
Notes on event

At 16.17 hours on 7 Oct 1941 the Svend Foyn, a straggler from convoy HX-152, was torpedoed on the starboard side by U-502 but managed to escape and reached Reykjavik in tow on 11 October, assisted by HMS Sunflower (K 41) (LtCdr J.T. Jones, RNR). On 6 Dec 1941 she was towed for seven days to Liverpool for permanent repairs at Birkenhead, returning to service in May 1942.

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