British Troop transport
|Completed||1910 - Workman, Clark & Co Ltd, Belfast|
|Owner||Alfred Holt & Co, Liverpool|
|Date of attack||30 Jul 1944||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Damaged by U-621 (Hermann Stuckmann)|
|Position||50° 15'N, 0° 48'W - Grid BF 3274|
|Complement||? men (5 dead and ? survivors).|
|Route||Barry (29 Jul) - Normandy|
|History||Completed in December 1910 as steam passenger ship. 1914 requisitioned as troop transport for the Australian Expeditionary Force (AEF) and returned to the owner in 1920. 1940 again requisitioned by the Admiralty for use as a troopship.|
|Notes on event|
On 30 July 1944, U-621 attacked convoy EBC-54 in the English Channel with LUT torpedoes and claimed a ship with 9000 tons sunk. In fact, the Ascanius was damaged and towed to the Normandy, later reached Liverpool and was repaired by Cammell Laird. The ship had been en route to the Normandy beaches for use as a depot ship for personnel.
|On board||We have details of 4 people who were on board.|
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