Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,212 tons
Completed1919 - Richardson, Duck & Co Ltd, Stockton on Tees 
OwnerR. S. Dalgliesh Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
Date of attack5 May 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-358 (Rolf Manke)
Position53° 59'N, 43° 55'W - Grid AJ 6517
Complement47 (5 dead and 42 survivors).
RouteMiddlesbrough - Oban (22 Apr) - New York - Macoris, Cuba 
History Launched as War Phlox, completed as Wentworth 
Notes on event

At 04.28 hours on 5 May 1943, U-358 fired one stern torpedo at a ship in convoy ONS-5 south of Cape Farewell, observed a hit amidships and the sinking of the ship in less than one minute. However, the Wentworth (Master Reginald Gilbert Phillips) remained afloat and was scuttled by HMS Loosestrife (K 105) (Lt H.A. Stonehouse) later that morning. Five crew members were lost. The master, 35 crew members and six gunners were picked up by the corvette and landed at St. Johns on 9 May.

On boardWe have details of 6 people who were on board

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