Ships hit by U-boats

Pacific Ranger

British Motor merchant

Photo from City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 447-2547

NamePacific Ranger
Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage6,865 tons
Completed1929 - Burmeister & Wain´s Maskin & Skibsbyggeri A/S, Copenhagen 
OwnerFurness, Withy & Co Ltd, Liverpool 
Date of attack12 Oct 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-59 (Joachim Matz)
Position56° 20'N, 11° 43'W - Grid AM 2973
Complement55 (0 dead and 55 survivors).
RouteVancouver - Seattle (27 Aug) - Panama - Bermuda (28 Sep) - Manchester 
Cargo8235 tons of general cargo, including lumber and metals 
History Completed in September 1929 
Notes on event

At 18.03 hours on 12 Oct 1940 the Pacific Ranger (Master William Evans) in convoy HX-77 was hit amidships by one torpedo from U-59 and sank slowly 134 miles 302° from Bloody Foreland. The U-boat tried to give provisions to the survivors in the lifeboats, but due to rough seas it did not work. The master, 52 crew members and two passenger (naval ratings) were rescued: 19 crew members were picked up by a British escort, the master and twelve survivors after nine days by the Icelandic trawler Þormóður and landed at Reykjavik on 21 October and the chief officer and 22 crew members made landfall at Glencolumbkille near Killybegs, Co. Donegal.

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