Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of State Library of New South Wales

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,389 tons
Completed1926 - Cammell Laird & Co Ltd, Birkenhead 
OwnerElders & Fyffes Ltd, London 
Date of attack12 May 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-124 (Johann Mohr)
Position52° 55'N, 29° 50'W - Grid AK 9429
Complement82 (0 dead and 82 survivors).
RouteAvonmouth (1 May) - Milford Haven (5 May) - Montreal 
CargoGeneral cargo and china clay 
History Completed in March 1926 
Notes on event

At 03.55 and 03.58 hours on 12 May 1942, U-124 fired two torpedoes at convoy ONS-92 southeast of Cape Farewell and hit Mount Parnes and Cristales.

The Cristales (Master Hugh Roberts, OBE) was abandoned and later sunk by gunfire by HMCS Shediac (K 110) (Lt J.E. Clayton, RCNR). The master, 64 crew members, seven gunners and ten passengers were rescued. 37 survivors, including seven passengers were picked up by the corvette and landed at St. John’s on 16 May. The remaining 45 survivors were picked up by USCGC Spencer (WPG 36) and landed at Boston.

On boardWe have details of 2 people who were on board

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