Humber Arm (1)

Date of attack

8 Jul 1940

Nationality:      

British

Fate

Sunk by U-99 (Otto Kretschmer)

Position

50° 36'N, 9° 24'W - Grid BF 1251

Complement

43 (0 dead and 43 survivors).

Convoy

HX-53

Route

Corner Brook, Newfoundland - Halifax (25 Jun) - Ellesmere Port

Cargo

5450 tons of newsprint, 1000 tons of steel, 450 tons of pulp and 300 tons of lumber

History

Completed in July 1925

Notes on event

At 07.53 hours on 8 July 1940 the Humber Arm (Master Jack Rowland Morbey) in convoy HX-53 was hit in the foreship by one torpedo from U-99 and sank 60 miles south of Fastnet. The master, 41 crew members and one passenger were picked up by HMS Scimitar (H 21) (Lt R.D. Franks, OBE, RN) and HMS Vanquisher (D 54) (Cdr C.B. Alers-Hankey, RN) and landed at Milford Haven.

On board

We have details of 22 people who were on board.

Torpedoed and Sunk - 1940

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