Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam tanker

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Type:Steam tanker
Tonnage8,627 tons
Completed1927 - Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow 
OwnerSocony-Vacuum Transportation Co Ltd, Montreal 
Date of attack16 Jan 1942Nationality:      British
FateDamaged by U-86 (Walter Schug)
Position47° 54'N, 52° 11'W - Grid BB 6362
Complement51 (0 dead and 51 survivors).
ConvoyON-52 (dispersed)
RouteCoryton - Halifax 
History Completed in December 1927 as Voco for Vacuum Oil Co Ltd, London. 1934 renamed Toorak for Standard Transportation Co Ltd, Hong Kong. 1941 transferred to Socony-Vacuum Transportation Co Ltd, London.

1949 registered in Honduras as Omiros for Soc. Maritima Miraflores Ltda (A.S. Onassis), Puerto Cortes. Broken up at Hamburg in February 1961. 
Notes on event

At 13.58 hours on 16 January 1942, U-86 fired a spread of two torpedoes at Toorak (Master Frederick Henry Graham), dispersed from convoy ON-52, and heard one detonation before contact was lost with the ship in heavy snowfall. The Germans managed to locate the tanker again after about one hour, but missed her with two torpedoes at 15.11 and 15.34 hours and gave up the chase because every attack had been evaded and the distress signals alerted the nearby coast.

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