Ships hit by U-boats

Jamaica Pioneer

British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of the Allen Collection

NameJamaica Pioneer
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,471 tons
Completed1931 - Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow 
OwnerJamaica Banana Producer´s SS Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack25 Aug 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-100 (Joachim Schepke)
Position57° 05'N, 11° 02'W - Grid AM 2952
Complement57 (2 dead and 55 survivors).
RouteKingston, Jamaica - Avonmouth 
Cargo1900 tons of bananas 
History Completed in March 1931 
Notes on event

At 19.12 hours on 25 Aug 1940 the unescorted Jamaica Pioneer (Master Thomas Elwyn Maurice Jenkins) was hit by a torpedo from U-100 east of Rockall. The ship had been missed by a first torpedo at 19.08 hours and was missed again at 19.30 hours. After a second hit at 19.34 hours, the U-boat tried to sink the vessel by gunfire and fired 55 rounds without hitting the ship, which was finally sunk with a coup de grâce at 20.12 hours. Two crew members were lost. The master, 52 crew members and two gunners were rescued. Some of them were picked up by HMS Anthony (H 40) (LtCdr N.J.V. Thew, RN) and landed at Greenock and the remaining survivors by HMS Wanderer (D 74) (Cdr J.H. Ruck-Keene, RN) and were landed at Belfast.

On boardWe have details of 3 people who were on board

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