Ships hit by U-boats


British Motor merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage6,225 tons
Completed1925 - Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Dundee 
OwnerAlfred Holt & Co, Liverpool 
Date of attack17 May 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-653 (Gerhard Feiler)
Position37° 24'N, 65° 38'W - Grid CB 7233
Complement61 (0 dead and 61 survivors).
RouteNewcastle, NSW - Panama - Liverpool 
Cargo6590 tons of wheat, 97 tons of tungsten and wool 
History Completed in April 1925 
Notes on event

At 19.01 hours on 17 May 1942 the unescorted Peisander (Master Agnus Shaw) was hit by two torpedoes from U-653 and sank at 19.45 hours about 350 miles southeast of Nantucket Island after a coup de grĂ¢ce at 19.28 hours had hit the ship. The master, 57 crew members and three gunners were picked up by USCGC General Greene (WPC 140) and landed at Newport, Rhode Island.

On boardWe have details of 61 people who were on board

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