British Sailing ship
|Completed||1929 - Smith & Rhuland Shipbuilding Ltd, Lunenburg NS|
|Owner||William Forsey Ltd, Lunenburg NS|
|Date of attack||6 Sep 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-514 (Hans-Jürgen Auffermann)|
|Position||28° 35'N, 57° 35'W - Grid DD 9282|
|Complement||6 (2 dead and 4 survivors).|
|Route||Martinique - Bridgetown, Barbados (28 Aug) - Bermuda - St. Johns, Newfoundland|
|Cargo||180 tons of molasses and rum|
Built as J. Smith 1936 renamed Helen Forsey
|Notes on event|
At 11.00 hours on 6 Sep 1942, U-514 sighted the unescorted and unarmed schooner Helen Forsey (Master John Ralph) about 500 miles east-southeast of Bermuda and began to shell her from the port bow without warning. The first two rounds from the deck gun missed from a distance of about 2.5 miles, but the remaining rounds fired during the approach of the U-boat hit until the last one was fired into the waterline from point blank range. The sailing vessel caught fire and subsequently sank at 12.16 hours. Two crew members were killed by a shell that struck the vessel just after its lifeboat was launched. The master and three crew members abandoned ship in the boat and were questioned by the Germans, who asked if they had enough food and a razor and promised to send a radio message with their position. The survivors arrived off Bermuda during the night of 17/18 September, but were unable to attract the attention of aircraft and warships patrolling the area. The lifeboat was eventually towed into St. George’s by a fishing boat manned by Gilbert Lamb during the afternoon on 18 September.
|On board||We have details of 6 people who were on board.|
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