Ships hit by U-boats

Frances Massey

British Steam merchant

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NameFrances Massey
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,212 tons
Completed1927 - Sir John Priestman & Co Ltd, Southwick, Sunderland 
OwnerW.A. Massey & Sons Ltd, Hull 
Date of attack7 Jun 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-48 (Hans Rudolf Rösing)
Position55° 33'N, 8° 26'W - Grid AM 5299
Complement35 (34 dead and 1 survivor).
RouteWabana, Conception Bay - Glasgow 
Cargo7500 tons of iron ore 
Notes on event

At 02.13 hours on 7 June 1940 the unescorted Frances Massey (Master Walter Whitehead) was hit in the foreship by one G7a torpedo from U-48 14 miles northwest of Tory Island. At 00.07 hours, the ship had been missed by a first torpedo which passed underneath her. The vessel sank within 30 seconds, taking 33 crew members and one gunner with her. The sole survivor, the master, was picked up by HMS Volunteer (D 71) (LtCdr N. Lanyon, RN).

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