Ships hit by U-boats

John P. Pedersen

Norwegian Motor tanker

NameJohn P. Pedersen
Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage6,128 tons
Completed1930 - Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Wallsend, Sunderland 
OwnerHelmer Staubo & Co, Oslo 
Date of attack20 May 1941Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-94 (Herbert Kuppisch)
Position57° 00'N, 41° 00'W - Grid AJ 3454
Complement38 (22 dead and 16 survivors).
ConvoyHX-126 (dispersed)
RouteCuraçao - Halifax (10 May) - Clyde 
Cargo9100 tons of Admiralty fuel oil 
History Completed in September 1930. Since 1940 in Admiralty service as Royal Fleet Auxiliary. 
Notes on event

At 18.17 hours on 20 May 1941 the John P. Pedersen (Master Hans A. Nilsen), dispersed from convoy HX-126 the same day, was torpedoed by U-94 about 160 miles south of Greenland. One British gunner was lost and 37 survivors abandoned ship in two lifeboats. The tanker was sunk by the U-boat with two coups de grâce fired at 18.50 and 19.20 hours. 16 survivors in one boat were picked up by the Dutch rescue ship Hontestroom on 23 May and taken to Reykjavik. Four of them joined the Norwegian Navy there, while eight continued to Gourock on board the Dutch vessel. Another three were sent to Preston, while one was briefly admitted to a hospital at Reykjavik. The other lifeboat with 21 survivors, including the master, was never found.

On boardWe have details of 38 people who were on board

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