British Steam merchant
|Completed||1919 - Richardson, Duck & Co Ltd, Stockton-on-Tees|
|Owner||R. Chapman & Son, Newcastle-upon-Tyne|
|Date of attack||17 Sep 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-109 (Heinrich Bleichrodt)|
|Position||18° 45'N, 29° 15'W - Grid EH 3258|
|Complement||43 (9 dead and 34 survivors).|
|Route||London - Hull - Oban (1 Sep) - Buenos Aires|
|Cargo||5758 tons of coal|
|History||Completed in November 1919 |
|Notes on event|
At 13.14 hours on 17 September 1942 the unescorted Peterton (Master Thomas William Marrie), dispersed from convoy OG-80, was hit by three torpedoes from U-109 and sank by the bow after capsizing northwest of the Cape Verde Islands. Eight crew members were lost. The master was taken prisoner by the U-boat, landed at Lorient on 6 October and brought to the POW camp Marlag und Milag Nord. Twelve crew members in a jolly boat were picked up by the Empire Whimbrel after 8 days and landed at Buenos Aires on 11 October. 18 crew members and four gunners in a lifeboat were picked up after 49 days by HMS Canna (T 161) (Lt W.N. Bishop-Laggett, RNR) and landed at Freetown, where one crew member died in a hospital.More information about this sinking can be found in the book Local Heroes - An Epic WW2 Shipwreck and Survival Story written by Neil Carlsen.
|On board||We have details of 43 people who were on board.|
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