British Steam merchant
|Completed||1928 - R. Duncan & Co Ltd, Port Glasgow|
|Owner||Gowan Shipping Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||20 Oct 1940||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-47 (Günther Prien)|
|Position||56° 38'N, 16° 00'W - Grid AL 0364|
|Complement||39 (36 dead and 3 survivors).|
|Route||Baltimore - Halifax (8 Oct) - London|
|Cargo||7840 tons of steel|
|History||Completed in September 1928 as Benholm for J. Edgar & Co, Liverpool. 1937 renamed Whitford Point for Gowan Shipping Co Ltd, London.
|Notes on event|
At 01.48 hours on 20 October 1940 the Whitford Point (Master John Edward Young) in convoy HX-79 was hit by one torpedo from U-47 and sank 90 miles southwest of Rockall. The master, 33 crew members and two gunners were lost. Three crew members were picked up by HMS Sturdy (H 28) (LtCdr G.T. Cooper, RN) and landed at Londonderry.
|On board||We have details of 36 people who were on board.|
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