Sister ship Ocean Vanguard
Tonnage: 7,173 / 11,100 tons
Cargo: 8,956 tons of iron ore and 8 bags of mail
Route: Pepel - Freetown - Trinidad - USA
Sunk 15 Jan 1943 by U-182 on pos. 10° 52'N 23° 28'W
Completed in June 1942 for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT)
At 03.15 hours on 15 Jan 1943 the unescorted Ocean Courage (Master Thomas Harold Kemp) was hit on the port side on the bulkhead of #2 hold by a torpedo from U-182 and sank by the bow within 90 seconds about 200 miles south of the Cape Verde Islands. The crew of 48 men, eight gunners (the ship was armed with one 3in, three 20mm and two machine guns) and two passengers (DEMS gunners on passage) had no time to launch the lifeboats and most of them were lost in the sinking, including the master, six gunners and both passengers.
Only a few men rescued themselves on rafts and debris, but only six men on one of the rafts were found and picked up by the British motor merchant Silverwalnut on 21 January and landed at Norfolk, Virginia.