Ships hit by U-boats

Ocean Venture

British Steam merchant

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NameOcean Venture
Type:Steam merchant (Ocean (British Liberty))
Tonnage7,174 tons
Completed1941 - Permanente Metals Corp, Richmond CA 
OwnerLarrinaga & Co Ltd, Liverpool 
Date of attack8 Feb 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-108 (Klaus Scholtz)
Position37° 05'N, 74° 46'W - Grid CA 8142
Complement45 (31 dead and 14 survivors).
RouteVancouver, British Columbia - Cristobal - Hampton Roads - UK 
Cargo9115 tons of foodstuffs and four aircraft as deck cargo 
History Completed in December 1941 for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) 
Notes on event

At 10.35 hours on 8 Feb 1942 the unescorted Ocean Venture (Master Reginald Sharpe Craston) was hit by one torpedo from U-108 near Cape Hatteras and stopped. The crew abandoned ship after being hit amidships by a coup de grâce, but the vessel remained afloat and sank by the bow following a second coup de grâce at 11.16 hours. 29 crew members and two gunners were lost. The master and 13 crew members were picked up by USS Roe (DD 418) and landed at Norfolk, Virginia.

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