Ships hit by U-boats

Jamaica Progress

British Steam merchant

NameJamaica Progress
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,475 tons
Completed1932 - Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow 
OwnerJamaica Banana Producer´s SS Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack31 Jul 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-99 (Otto Kretschmer)
Position56° 26'N, 8° 30'W - Grid AM 5226
Complement55 (8 dead and 47 survivors).
RouteKingston, Jamaica (22 Jul) - Bermuda - Avonmouth 
Cargo2179 tons of fruit, including bananas 
History Completed in April 1932 
Notes on event

At 01.38 hours on 31 July 1940 the unescorted Jamaica Progress (Master Alfred McColm) was hit on port side aft by one torpedo from U-99 about 40 miles southwest of Barra Head. The ship was sunk by a coup de grâce at 02.44 hours. Six crew members, one gunner and one passenger were lost. The master, 24 crew members, one gunner and four passengers were picked up by the British trawler Newland and landed at Fleetwood. The chief officer and 16 crew members landed at Barra, Hebrides.

On boardWe have details of 10 people who were on board

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