British Steam merchant
|Completed||1928 - Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co, Newport News VA|
|Owner||Coast Lines Ltd, Liverpool|
|Date of attack||26 Sep 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-619 (Kurt Makowski)|
|Position||55° 10'N, 18° 50'W - Grid AL 6527|
|Complement||60 (18 dead and 42 survivors).|
|Route||Baltimore - St.Johns (21 Sep) - Londonderry|
|History||Built as American Yorktown for Chesapeake Steamship Co, Baltimore.|
1942 given to Britain and transferred to the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT).
|Notes on event|
At 23.25 hours on 26 Sep 1942 the Yorktown (Master William Paul Boylan) in convoy RB-1 was torpedoed and sunk by U-619 about 550 miles west of Butt of Lewis. 16 crew members and two gunners were lost. The master, 33 crew members and eight gunners were picked up after two days by HMS Sardonyx (H 26) (LtCdr A.F.C. Gray) and landed at Londonderry on 29 September.
|On board||We have details of 24 people who were on board.|
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