Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,496 tons
Completed1932 - W. Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool 
OwnerJ. & C. Harrison Ltd, London 
Date of attack2 Nov 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-521 (Klaus Heinrich Bargsten)
Position52° 30'N, 45° 30'W - Grid AJ 8672
Complement48 (24 dead and 24 survivors).
ConvoySC-107 (straggler)
RouteHalifax (27 Oct) - Belfast 
Cargo8000 tons of wheat and 6 tanks as deck cargo 
Notes on event

At 04.52 hours on 2 Nov 1942, U-522 (Schneider) fired four single torpedoes at convoy SC-107 about 450 miles east of Belle Isle and observed one hit on an ammunition ship and one on a large oil tanker and reported both ships to be sinking, but in fact the detonations occured between the eighth and ninth columns. The third torpedo hit the Hartington in station #63, which was also hit by a torpedo from U-438 (Franzius) at 06.06 hours. The abandoned vessel was finally sunk by a coup de grĂ¢ce from U-521 at 08.40 hours.

The master, 21 crew members and two gunners from the Hartington (Master Maurice James Edwards) were lost. 17 crew members and seven gunners were rescued by HMS Winchelsea (D 46) (LtCdr G.W. Gregorie) and landed at St.Johns.

On boardWe have details of 28 people who were on board

Attack entries for Hartington

DateU-boatCommanderLoss typeTonsNat.
2 Nov 1942U-522Kptlt. Herbert SchneiderDamaged5,496  
2 Nov 1942U-438Kptlt. Rudolf FranziusDamaged5,496  
2 Nov 1942U-521Kptlt. Klaus Heinrich BargstenSunk5,496  

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