British Steam merchant
|Completed||1940 - J. Readhead & Sons Ltd, South Shields|
|Owner||Hugh Roberts & Son, Newcastle-upon-Tyne|
|Date of attack||5 May 1943||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-707 (Günter Gretschel)|
|Position||55° 08'N, 42° 43'W - Grid AJ 6434|
|Complement||46 (35 dead and 11 survivors).|
|Route||Glasgow - Halifax|
|Cargo||993 tons of firebricks and fire clay in bags|
|Notes on event|
At 02.22 hours on 5 May 1943 the North Britain (Master John Lamsdale Bright), a straggler from convoy ONS-5 (about five miles behind), was hit by one of three torpedoes fired by U-707 and sank by the bow within two minutes south of Cape Farewell. The master, 27 crew members and seven gunners were lost. Ten crew members and one gunner were picked up by the HMS Northern Spray (FY 129) (Lt F.A.J. Downer) and landed at St.Johns.
|On board||We have details of 34 people who were on board.|
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