Daily Event for January 8, 2012

The Yorkwood was a cargo steamer built in 1936 by Hawthorn Leslie & Company, she was owned by Constantine Shipping Co Ltd. of Middlesbrough, England. On January 8, 1943 she was torpedoed and sunk by
U-507 about 75 miles north of Rio do Fogo, Brazil. One man was killed in the sinking and the master was taken prisoner by Korvettenkapitän Harro Schacht, the commanding officer of U-507. The forty-six survivors made land in Brazil.

Frank H. Fenn, master of Yorkwood, now joined Donald McCallum, master of the Baron Dechmont (sunk Jan. 3) as "guests" on U-507, neither man would make it home. On Jan. 13, 1943 U-507 was attacked and sunk by a U.S. Navy Catalina PBY of VP-83 (Lt. L. Ludwig) based at Natal, Brazil. Both masters and all fifty-four of the crew were lost with the boat.
© 2012 Michael W. Pocock

Roll of Honour
In memory of those who lost their lives as a result of the sinking of
SS Yorkood
"As long as we embrace them in our memory, their spirit will always be with us"

Fenn, Frank H.
Lost in U-507
Hamilton, Thomas

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