Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,222 tons
Completed1925 - New Waterway Shipbuilding Co, Schiedam 
OwnerGovernment of Newfoundland, St.Johns 
Date of attack14 Oct 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-69 (Ulrich Gräf)
Position47° 19'N, 59° 29'W - Grid BB 5198
Complement237 (136 dead and 101 survivors).
RouteSydney - Port-aux-Basques, Newfoundland 
Cargo118 service personnel and 73 passengers 
Notes on event

At 08.21 hours on 14 Oct 1942 the railway ferry Caribou (Master Benjamin Taverner) in convoy NL-9 was torpedoed and sunk by U-69 in the Cabot Strait. The master, 30 crew members, 57 service personnel and 48 passengers were lost. 15 crew members, 61 service personnel and 25 passengers were picked up by the HMCS Grandmere (J 258) (Lt J.S.C. Cuthbert) and landed at Sydney the same day.

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Night of the Caribou

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