St Margaret (1)


Official Number

Ship Builder

Engine Builder

Engine Type


162141


Joseph L Thompson

Sunderland




2 Steam turbines

HP


304

Screws


1

Date of attack

27 Feb 1943

Nationality:    

British

Fate

Sunk by U-66 (Friedrich Markworth)

Position

27° 38'N, 43° 23'W - Grid DF 7587

Complement

50 (3 dead and 47 survivors).

Convoy

ON-165 (dispersed)

Route

Liverpool - Pernambuco - Buenos Aires

Torpedoed and Sunk in The North Atlantic - 1943

Loss of SS St Margaret by Capt D S Davies

St Margaret

Left Liverpool

For Buenos Aires via Pernambuco

Lost 27 February 1943

Fate

Master

D S Davies

Survived

Chief Officer

G Hamilton

Survived

Chief Engineer

J B Meadley

Lost

Donkeyman

P E Loughran

Lost

Fireman

G Brady

Lost

Cargo

6000 tons of general cargo and coal

Notes on event

At 13.55 hours on 27 Feb 1943 the St. Margaret (Master Daniel Sydney Davies), dispersed from convoy ON-165, was hit on the starboard side in the engine room by one of two torpedoes from U-66 southeast of Bermuda.

The U-boat fired three coups de grâce between 14.34 and 14.45 hours, but they all missed.

At 15.10 hours, the fourth coup de grâce hit on the starboard side in the foreship from a distance of 250 metres and caused the ship to sink after 17 minutes.

After the survivors were questioned, the master was taken prisoner by the U-boat, landed at Lorient on 24 March and brought to the POW camp Milag Nord.

Three crew members were lost. 34 crew members, five gunners and seven passengers were picked up by USS Hobson (DD 464) and landed at Bermuda on 5 March.

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