Ocean Crusader

Official Number

Ship Builder

Engine Builder

Engine Type




Todd-Bath

Portland, Maine


Allis Chambers

Canada


Steam 3 Cyl

HP



Screws


1

A typical “Ocean” type vessel as built by Todd-Bath

Torpedoed and Sunk in The North Atlantic - 1942

Date of attack

26 Nov 1942

Fate

Sunk by U-262 (Rudolf Heinz Franke)

Position

50° 30'N, 45° 30'W - Grid BC 2217

Complement

50 (50 dead - no survivors)

Convoy

HX-216 (straggler)

Route

Portland, Maine - Panama - New York (19 Nov) - Avonmouth

Cargo

8891 tons of general cargo

History

Completed in November 1942 for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT)

Notes on event

At 16.57 hours on 26 November 1942 the unescorted Ocean Crusader (Master Ellis Wynne Parry) on her maiden voyage was hit on the port side fore and amidships by two of three G7e torpedoes fired by U-262 about 330 miles northeast of St. John’s, Newfoundland.

The ship was a straggler from station #114 in convoy HX-216 owing to stress of heavy weather in 50°N/47°W during the night of 25 November and was apparently heading for St. John’s when spotted and attacked by the U-boat in dense fog.

The Germans observed how the ship stopped after being hit, fired two flares and slowly settled by the bow. Heavy seas with a high swell prevented the use of the deck gun, so they tried to sink the ship by firing their last torpedo, but it missed. U-262 left the area after half an hour when Ocean Crusader was seen to be down by the head with the rudder and screw out of the water.

Her radio operator had managed to send a distress signal, but no survivors were ever found.

The master, 44 crew members and five gunners were lost.

Ocean Crusader

Left Portland

For Avonmouth via Panama & New York

Lost 26 November 1942

Fate

Master

E W Parry

Lost

Chief Officer

H Thomas

Lost

Second Officer

W J Minton

Lost

Third Officer

T Cook

Lost

First Radio Officer

H F Smith

Lost

Second Radio Officer

J B Thomson

Lost

Third Radio Officer

S R Matthew

Lost

Chief Engineer

H W Cook

Lost

Second Engineer

C R Counsell

Lost

Third Engineer

J A Dadds

Lost

Fourth Engineer

J Malley

Lost

Chief Steward

J McCormack

Lost

Bosun

A Williamson

Lost

Carpenter

T J Preece

Lost

Able Seamen

T P Pounder

A H John

R Martin

J O’Brien

R Sheehan

T Walker

H C Yates

All Lost

Ordinary Seamen

C E Braxton

F L Davies

N T McAree

All Lost

Donkeymen

G Clark

Lost

Greaser

J F Brown

A J Daley

H Glass

All Lost

Firemen

T Bell

B Edwards

V Farrugia

W H Hobbs

W Jones

M McLean

C Moseley

M O’Dea

R Packer

S G Tovey

W C Vaughan

G A Weaver

All Lost

Second Steward

N K Laking

Lost

Chief Cook

A McPhee

Lost

Asst Cook

E Williamson

Lost

Mess Room Steward

A Hunter

R Ward

Both Lost

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