Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of the Allen Collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,545 tons
Completed1926 - Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow 
OwnerKaye, Son & Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack23 May 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-588 (Victor Vogel)
Position39° 00'N, 68° 00'W - Grid CB 4750
Complement45 (1 dead and 44 survivors).
RouteNew York (22 May) - Trinidad - Capetown - Alexandria 
Cargo5500 tons of general cargo and military stores, including aircraft parts, tanks and explosives 
History Completed in December 1926 
Notes on event

At 22.03 hours on 23 May 1942 the unescorted Margot (Master Henry Bell Collins) was hit by one torpedo from U-588 southeast of Philadelphia. After 22.05 hours, the ship was attacked with gunfire until she sank at 00.20 hours on 24 May. One crew member was lost. The survivors were questioned by the Germans and a bottle of rum was given to them. The master, 38 crew members and five gunners were picked up four days later by the Swedish motor merchant Sagoland and landed at New York.

On boardWe have details of 3 people who were on board

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