Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo from City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 447-2277

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,671 tons
Completed1930 - Bartram & Sons Ltd, South Dock, Sunderland 
OwnerJ. & C. Harrison Ltd, London 
Date of attack9 Apr 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-107 (G√ľnter Hessler)
Position32° 22'N, 22° 53'W - Grid DG 3983
Complement43 (4 dead and 39 survivors).
ConvoyOG-57 (dispersed)
RouteMiddlesbrough - Clyde - Freetown 
CargoRAF stores 
History Completed in June 1930 
Notes on event

At 00.37 hours on 9 April 1941 the unescorted Harparthian (Master John Wharton, MBE), dispersed from convoy OG-57, was hit by two torpedoes from U-107 and sank southeast of the Azores. Three crew members and one gunner were lost. The master, 36 crew members and two gunners landed at Hierro, Canary Islands. The Germans misidentified this ship as the British steam merchant Malancha (8124 grt).

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