Ships hit by U-boats

HMS Ebor Wyke (FY 1601)

British M/S trawler

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NameHMS Ebor Wyke (FY 1601)
Type:M/S trawler
Tonnage348 tons
Completed1929 - Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Date of attack2 May 1945Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-979 (Johannes Meermeier)
Position64° 10'N, 23° 12'W - Grid AE 4735
Complement24 (23 dead and 1 survivor).
History Completed in September 1929 as steam trawler Ebor Wyke (H78) for West Dock Steam Fishing Co, Hull. In August 1939 requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to the M/S trawler HMS Ebor Wyke (FY 1601). She was first based at Liverpool and later in Reykjavik.

On 15 Jan 1942, USS Wichita (CA 45) was damaged in collisions with the American steam merchant West Noho and HMS Ebor Wyke (FY 1601) during a hurricane-force storm off Hvalfjordur, Iceland.

Notes on event

At 13.31 hours on 2 May 1945, HMS Ebor Wyke (FY 1601) (Chief Skipper H.A. Jensen, DSC, RNR) was hit by one of two torpedoes from U-979 and sank immediately off Hrafneyri Light, seven miles north of Skagi, Iceland. The only survivor was Coxswain John Milnes.

On boardWe have details of 24 people who were on board

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