Clan Skene


Date of attack

10 May 1942

Fate

Sunk by U-333 (Peter-Erich Cremer)

Position 31.43N, 70.43W - Grid DC 6111



Clan Skene

Left Cape Town

For New York

Lost 10 May 1942

Fate

Master

E Gough

Survived

Complement

82 (9 dead and 73 survivors).

Route

Beira, Portuguese East Africa - Capetown (15 Apr) - New York

Cargo

2006 tons of chrome ore

Notes on loss  

At 09.05 hours on 10 May 1942, the unescorted Clan Skene (Master Edward Gough) was hit by two torpedoes from U-333 and sank about 300 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras. The U-boat had been badly damaged by depth charges of an escort ship three days before and was limping back to France. Cremer wrote in the KTB, that the sinking of this ship was like .. a balm after these terrible depth charges.

Nine crew members from the Clan Skene were lost. The master and 72 survivors were picked up by USS McKean (APD 5) and landed at San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Torpedoed and Sunk off East Coast of USA - 1942

Vessel

Built

Service

Tonnage

Clan Skene

1918

1920 Transferred to Houston Line renamed Halocrates

1923 Transferred to Clan Line renamed Clan Skene

1942 Torpedoed and sunk off East coast of USA

5257

Official Number

Ship Builder

Engine Builder

Engine Type

HP

Screws

141893

Charles Connell

Glasgow

David Rowan

Glasgow

Steam 3 Cyl

517 NHP

3000 IHP

1

Master

Date

Left

Destination


9/1934

Birkenhead

S Africa & Mauritius

E Gough

4/1942

Cape Town

New York

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