Ships hit by U-boats

Manchester Merchant

British Steam merchant

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NameManchester Merchant
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage7,264 tons
Completed1940 - Blythswood Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Glasgow 
OwnerManchester Liners Ltd (Furness, Withy & Co Ltd), Manchester 
Date of attack25 Feb 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-628 (Heinrich Hasenschar)
Position45° 10'N, 43° 23'W - Grid BC 8230
Complement67 (36 dead and 31 survivors).
RouteManchester - Halifax - St. John, New Brunswick - New York 
History Completed in April 1940 
Notes on event

At 08.17 hours on 25 February 1943 U-628 fired a spread of four FAT torpedoes and one stern torpedo at convoy ON-166 about 400 miles east-southeast of Cape Race and reported one ship sunk. The Manchester Merchant (Master Frederick Struss, DSC) sank within 90 seconds. 29 crew members and six gunners were lost. The master, 27 crew members and four gunners were picked up by HMS Montgomery (G 95) (Lt K.I. Hamilton, DSC and Bar, RN) and HMCS Rosthern (K 169) (T/Lt R.J.G. Johnson, RCNVR) and landed at St. John’s, Newfoundland. One crew member died aboard the corvette and was buried at sea.

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