Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,252 tons
Completed1923 - Ropner Shipbuilding & Repairing Co Ltd, Stockton-on-Tyne 
OwnerSir R. Ropner & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool 
HomeportWest Hartlepool 
Date of attack7 Nov 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-613 (Helmut Köppe)
Position49° 35'N, 30° 32'W - Grid BD 2598
Complement46 (34 dead and 12 survivors).
ConvoyON-142 (straggler)
RouteCardiff - Gourock (30 Oct) - Halifax 
Cargo6400 tons of coal 
History Completed in June 1923 
Notes on event

At 15.40 hours on 7 November 1942 the unescorted Roxby (Master George Robison), a straggler from convoy ON-142, was hit by one of two torpedoes from U-613 about 670 miles north of the Azores and sank at 16.05 hours. 28 crew members and five gunners were lost and the first radio officer died of exposure in the lifeboat and was buried at sea on 11 November. The master, ten crew members and two gunners were picked up after five days by the Irish merchant Irish Beech and on 21 November landed at St. John’s, Newfoundland.

On boardWe have details of 39 people who were on board

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