Ships hit by U-boats


British Motor merchant

Photo courtesy of State Library of New South Wales

Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage6,223 tons
Completed1924 - Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Dundee 
OwnerAlfred Holt & Co, Liverpool 
Date of attack25 Sep 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-29 (Otto Schuhart)
Position53° 34'N, 20° 23'W - Grid AL 9111
Complement93 (29 dead and 64 survivors).
ConvoyOB-217 (dispersed)
RouteLiverpool (21 Sep) - Capetown - Batavia, Java 
Cargo3000 tons of general cargo 
History Completed in December 1924 
Notes on event

At 14.02 hours on 25 September 1940 the unescorted Eurymedon (Master John Faulkner Webster), dispersed from convoy OB-217, was hit aft by one torpedo from U-29 about 366 miles west of Achill Head. At 16.00 hours the ship was hit amidships by a coup de grâce, but remained afloat until she foundered two days later in 53°24N/18°37W. 20 crew members and nine passengers were lost. The master, 41 crew members and 22 passengers were picked up by HMCS Ottawa (H 60) (Cdr E.R. Mainguy, RCN) and landed at Greenock on 27 September, where one crew member later died of injures.

The master John Faulkner Webster was awarded the Lloyd’s War Medal for bravery at sea.

On boardWe have details of 55 people who were on board

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