Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,547 tons
Completed1928 - Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co, Newport News VA 
OwnerCoast Lines Ltd, Liverpool 
Date of attack26 Sep 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-619 (Kurt Makowski)
Position55° 10'N, 18° 50'W - Grid AL 6527
Complement60 (18 dead and 42 survivors).
RouteBaltimore - St.Johns (21 Sep) - Londonderry 
History Built as American Yorktown for Chesapeake Steamship Co, Baltimore.
1942 given to Britain and transferred to the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 
Notes on event

At 23.25 hours on 26 Sep 1942 the Yorktown (Master William Paul Boylan) in convoy RB-1 was torpedoed and sunk by U-619 about 550 miles west of Butt of Lewis. 16 crew members and two gunners were lost. The master, 33 crew members and eight gunners were picked up after two days by HMS Sardonyx (H 26) (LtCdr A.F.C. Gray) and landed at Londonderry on 29 September.

On boardWe have details of 24 people who were on board

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