Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,318 tons
Completed1920 - Wear Shipyard of W. Gray & Co Ltd, Sunderland 
OwnerP. & O. Steam Navigation Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack3 Nov 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-89 (Dietrich Lohmann)
Position55° 30'N, 40° 16'W - Grid AJ 6632
Complement91 (1 dead and 90 survivors).
RouteBaltimore - New York (24 Oct) - Hull 
Cargo6200 tons of general cargo, including explosives 
History Launched as War Moth for The Shipping Controller, completed in May 1920 as Jeypore
Notes on event

On 21.48 and 21.49 hours on 3 Nov 1942, U-89 fired two spreads of two torpedoes and the stern torpedo at convoy SC-107 south-southeast of Cape Farewell, heard three detonations and reported one ship sunk and another damaged. In fact, only the Jeypore was hit and sunk, while the crew of the Dutch steam merchant Titus (1712 grt) thought that they had been hit and abandoned ship, but they later reboarded the ship and brought her into port undamaged.

The Jeypore (Master Thomas Stevens) was the ship of convoy commodore Vice-Admiral B.C. Watson, CB, DSO, RN. One crew member was lost. The master, the commodore, six naval staff members, 74 crew members and eight gunners were picked up by the American naval tugs Uncas and Pessacus, transferred to the British rescue ship Stockport (Master Ernest Fea, OBE) and landed at Reykjavik on 8 November.

On boardWe have details of 3 people who were on board

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