Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Radhurst under her former name Sava. Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,454 tons
Completed1910 - Cantiere Navale Triestino, Monfalcone 
OwnerJ. & C. Harrison Ltd, London 
Date of attack20 Feb 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-525 (Hans-Joachim Drewitz)
Position49° 50'N, 41° 50'W - Grid BC 3424
Complement42 (42 dead - no survivors)
ConvoyONS-165 (straggler)
RouteTyne - New York 
History Completed in June 1910 as Austro-Hungarian Nereide for T. Cossovich, Trieste. 1924 transferred to Yugoslavia and renamed Sava for Brodarsko Akcionarsko Drustvo Oceania, Susak. 1941 seized by Britain and renamed Radhurst by the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT).

On 19 Jul 1942, the Radhurst rammed in thick fog the Norwegian steam merchant Havørn (Master Engel Hansen Holme) just off Prairie Light in St. Lawrence in 47°23N/70°27W. The Norwegian ship of 1478 tons was struck on the port side forward of the engine room and sank after the crew had abandoned ship and rowed to shore. 
Notes on event

At 05.08 hours on 20 Feb 1943 the unescorted Radhurst (Master Charles Faulkner Linton), a straggler from convoy ONS-165, was hit by one of two fired torpedoes from U-525 about 500 miles north-northwest of St. John’s, Newfoundland. The torpedo struck amidships and caused the ship to sink within three minutes. The master, 37 crew members and four gunners were lost.

On boardWe have details of 42 people who were on board

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