British Steam merchant
|Completed||1921 - J. Blumer & Co Ltd, North Dock, Sunderland|
|Owner||Moss Hutchinson Line Ltd, Liverpool|
|Date of attack||2 Oct 1941||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-431 (Wilhelm Dommes)|
|Position||51° 33'N, 41° 35'W - Grid AJ 9863|
|Complement||47 (40 dead and 7 survivors).|
|Route||Manchester - New York|
|History||Completed in November 1921 |
|Notes on event|
At 23.45 hours on 2 October 1941 the unescorted Hatasu (Master William Johnston Meek), a straggler from convoy ON-19, was hit by one of two torpedoes from U-431 about 540 miles northeast of Cape Race. The ship opened fire with a stern gun and forced the U-boat to dive, but broke in two and sank after being hit by a coup de grâce at 00.28 hours on 3 October. The master, 33 crew members and six gunners were lost. Seven crew members were picked up from a lifeboat after seven days by USS Charles F. Hughes (DD 428) and landed at Reykjavik.
|On board||We have details of 41 people who were on board.|
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