Ships hit by U-boats

North Gaspe

Canadian Motor merchant

NameNorth Gaspe
Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage888 tons
Completed1938 - Davie Shipbuilding & Repairing Co Ltd, Levis PQ 
OwnerClarke Steamship Co Ltd, Quebec PQ 
Date of attack21 Jan 1942Nationality:      Canadian
FateDamaged by U-203 (Rolf Mützelburg)
Position46° 33'N, 53° 04'W - Grid BB 6628
Complement? men (0 dead and ? survivors).
RouteSt. Johns - Halifax 
CargoWar material 
History Completed in July 1938

1962 sold to Orleans Shipping Co Ltd, Montreal, later the same year to Dingwall Shipping Co Ltd, Halifax. 1971 sold to North Star Shipping Ltd, Halifax. 1972 sold to Ecuador and renamed Iguana for Maritima de Turismo, Guayaquil. 1992 broken up. 
Notes on event

At 18.43 hours on 21 Jan 1942, U-203 fired a spread of four torpedoes at steamer of estimated 8000 tons, heard a detonation after 6 minutes 52 seconds and thought that the ship sank. Apparently, the North Gaspe (Master Alphonse Bégin), a Canadian ship under charter by the US Army Transport Service, was slightly damaged by the explosion of a torpedo close to the ship about 44 miles south of Cape Race, but managed to reach port safely. On board was a US Army gun crew and a communication unit.


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