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SHIPS HIT BRITAIN 238 * - G H I

10)HELENUS U-68




Photo. Screw Steamer HELENUS built by Scotts' Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd. in 1913 for Ocean Steamship Company, (Alfred Holt & Co, managers), Liverpool , Passenger / Cargo (clydeships.co.uk)


 


Built: 1913


Tonnage: 7,366 / 9,670 tons


Cargo: General cargo, including 2,000 tons of rubber, 1,350 tons of copper ingots, 1,500 tons of tea and 1,000 tons of sisal.


Route: Penang, Malaya - Capetown - Freetown - Liverpool 


Sunk 3 Mar 42 on position 06º 01’ N 12º 02’W by U-68


5 Dead


86 Survivors


At 17.21 hours on 3 March 1942 the unescorted Helenus (Master Philip Walter Savery) was hit by two torpedoes from U-68 and sank in a short time about 200 miles south of Freetown. Five crew members were lost. The master, 73 crew members, two gunners and ten passengers were picked up by the British steam merchant Beaconsfield and landed at Freetown on 5 March. Large parts of the cargo of rubber were later washed ashore in Takoradi.


By Helenus (British Steam merchant) - Ships hit by German U-boats during WWII - uboat.net


 

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