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4)AGAPENOR U-87




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Built: 1914


Tonnage. 7,392 / 9,497 tons  


Cargo: 6500 tons of general cargo and 750 tons of copper 


Route: Karachi - Capetown (29 Sep) - Freetown - UK                                           


Sunk:  11/10/42 by U-87  in pos. 06º 53’ N 15º 23’W 


7 Dead


88 Survivors


At 04.58 hours on 11 Oct, 1942, the unescorted Agapenor (Master Philip William Savery) was hit by two torpedoes from U-87about 180 miles south of Freetown and sank after being hit aft by a coup de grâce at 05.19 hours. The U-boat had missed the ship with a first spread of two torpedoes at 02.50 hours.


Earlier the ship had picked up 36 survivors from the Glendene, which had been sunk by U-125 (Folkers) on 8 October. Seven crew members were lost. The master, 73 crew members, 14 gunners and all 36 survivors were picked up by HMS Petunia (K 79) (LtCdr J.M. Rayner) and landed at Freetown. On 15 October, they left Freetown for Glasgow on the British steam passenger ship Carnarvon Castle.


 

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