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SHIPS ENGLAND - BRITISH SHIPS SUNK IN ROYAL NAVY AREA

11)HOLMSIDE U-66





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Built: 1930


Tonnage: 3,433 / 5,550 tons


Cargo: Ballast


Route: Hull - Pepel, Sierra Leone


Sunk 19 Jul 1941 by U-66 on pos. 19° 00'N 21° 30'W


21 Dead


16 Survivors


The steamship Holmside was torpedoed and sunk by  German Submarine U-66 on July 19th, 1941, roughly 400 miles S.W. of Cape Blanco. Twenty-one of her crew were killed outright. The 16 survivors, nearly all injured, put off on three rafts, the boats being unusable, and after drifting about for five days without food or water and, in some cases, having had the clothing blown from their bodies, were picked up by the Portuguese steamship Saudades and taken to Lisbon.


Later Capt. Manuel Rainho, of the Saudades, when offered payment by the British Consul at Lisbon for the clothing and other necessities which he had provided declined to accept it, stating that what he had done repaid in some measure the kindness vouchsafed to himself when picked up by a British ship after being torpedoed during the First World War.


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