Kitty’s Brook

Date of attack

10 May 1942

Fate

Sunk by U-588 (Victor Vogel)

Position

42° 56'N, 63° 59'W - Grid BB 7810

Complement

34 (9 dead and 25 survivors).

Route

New York (7 May) - Argentia, Newfoundland

Cargo

US Army stores and trucks as deck cargo

History

Completed in July 1907 as British Abonema for Elder Dempster Lines Ltd, Liverpool. 1920 renamed Sapele for the same owner. 1929 sold to Argentina and renamed San Jorge for Weigel Bohnen & Cia SA Ltda, Buenos Aires. 1934 renamed Santa Catharina for Cia Argentina de Navegación Mihanovich Ltda, Buenos Aires. 1940 sold to Italy and renamed Sirio for La Estrella SA, Panama. 1941 taken over by Canada and renamed Kitty´s Brook.

Notes on event

At 03.10 hours on 10 May 1942 the unescorted Kitty´s Brook (Master Jack Rowland Morbey) was hit by one torpedo from U-588 and sank within 20 minutes about 35 miles southeast of Cape Sable, Nova Scotia. Nine crew members were lost. The master and 24 crew members landed at Lockeport, Nova Scotia.

On board

We have details of 11 people who were on board.

The following names are listed at the

Merchant Navy Memorial at Tower Hill

Torpedoed and Sunk - 1942

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