British Steam merchant
|Completed||1929 - R. & W. Hawthorn, Leslie & Co Ltd, Hebburn-on-Tyne|
|Owner||Kaye, Son & Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||2 Oct 1940||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-32 (Hans Jenisch)|
|Position||51° 12'N, 24° 22'W - Grid AL 7884|
|Complement||38 (38 dead - no survivors)|
|Route||Liverpool - Montevideo|
|Cargo||2802 tons of general cargo and 3901 tons of coal|
|History||Completed in November 1929 |
|Notes on event|
At 18.25 hours on 2 Oct 1940 the unescorted Kayeson (Master William Ayres) was hit in the fore ship by the last torpedo from U-32 west of Ireland. The submerged U-boat came too close to the target and slightly collided with its rudder, bending the bow to port. They surfaced and tried to finish her off with the last two rounds from the deck gun, but missed due to high swells. Shortly thereafter the ship sank steeply by the bow. The Germans had observed how the crew abandoned ship in the lifeboats, but the master and 37 crew members were lost.
|On board||We have details of 38 people who were on board.|
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