Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Paul Johnson Collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,222 tons
Completed1930 - Furness Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Haverton Hill, Middlesbrough 
OwnerW.J. Tatem Ltd, Cardiff 
Date of attack16 Mar 1943Nationality:      British
FateA total loss by U-77 (Otto Hartmann)
Position36° 10'N, 0° 30'W - Grid CH 8473
Complement52 (2 dead and 50 survivors).
RouteAlgiers - Gibraltar 
History Completed in January 1930 
Notes on event

About 11.20 hours on 16 March 1943, U-77 fired torpedoes at convoy ET-14 northwest of Oran and hit the Hadleigh and Merchant Prince.

Two crew members from the Hadleigh (Master William Henry Gould) were lost. The master, 41 crew members and eight gunners abandoned the vessel and were picked up by HMS Tynedale (L 96) (Lt J.J.S. Yorke, DSC, RN). The next day, the vessel was towed to Oran by the tug HMS Restive (W 39) (Lt D.M. Richards, RNR), then to Mers el Kebir, where she was beached and later declared a total loss after the vessel broke in two.

On boardWe have details of 3 people who were on board

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