Ships hit by U-boats


British Whale factory ship

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Type:Whale factory ship
Tonnage13,797 tons
Completed1899 - Harland & Wolff Ltd, Belfast 
OwnerHector Whaling Ltd, London 
Date of attack12 Sep 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-608 (Rolf Struckmeier)
Position48° 55'N, 33° 38'W - Grid BD 2744
Complement86 (1 dead and 85 survivors).
ConvoyON-127 (straggler)
RouteLiverpool (4 Sep) - New York 
History Completed in July 1899 as steam passenger ship Medic (11985 grt) for White Star Ltd (Oceanic Steam Navigation Co), Liverpool. In August 1899 she made her maiden voyage from Liverpool to Sydney via Capetown and on her return voyage carried Australian soldiers and horses to South Africa for Boer War service. During World War I, the ship remained in commercial service due to her large frozen meat capacity, although she was operated under the Liner Requisition Scheme for two years. In June 1928 sold to Norway and converted by Grayson, Rolls & Clover Docks, Birkenhead, to the whale factory ship Hektoria for N. Bugge, Tønsberg. 1932 sold to Britain to Hector Whaling Ltd, London. 
Notes on event

At 01.05 hours on 12 September 1942, U-211 (Hause) attacked convoy ON-127 southwest of Cape Clear and damaged the Hektoria with two torpedoes and the Empire Moonbeam with one. Both vessels were later sunk by coups de grâce by U-608.

The Hektoria (Master Frederick Arthur Gjertsen) was sunk by U-608 at 03.51 hours on 12 September. One crew member was lost. The master, 76 crew members and eight gunners were picked up by HMCS Arvida (K 113) (Lt A.I. MacKay, RCNR) and landed at St. John’s on 15 September.

On boardWe have details of 11 people who were on board

Attack entries for Hektoria

DateU-boatCommanderLoss typeTonsNat.
12 Sep 1942U-211Kptlt. Karl HauseDamaged13,797  
12 Sep 1942U-608Oblt. Rolf StruckmeierSunk13,797  

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