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Postby Bruce Everiss » Wed 21 Oct 2009 1:42 pm ... p?id=18187

ss HARBURYbuilt by Lithgows Port Glasgow,
Yard No 862
Engines by David Rowan & Co Ltd GlasgowPort of Registry: London
Propulsion: steam, triple expansion, single screw 11 knots
Launched: Monday, 18/09/1933
Built: 1933
Ship Type: Cargo Vessel
Ship's Role: tramp steamer
Tonnage: 5081 grt
Length: 418.0 feet (BP)
Breadth: 56.1 feet
Draught: 24 feet 6
Owner History:
J & C Harrison London
Status: Torpedoed & Sunk - 05/05/1943

Remarks: Completed: October 1933

On passage Swansea/St Johns NB damaged by torpedo from U628 then sunk by U264
18 crew lost. Also lost same day and in same convoy ONS5 was same company's HARPELEY

Between 02.43 and 02.46 hours on 5 May 1943, U-628 fired six torpedoes at the convoy ONS-5 about 500 miles south of Cape Farewell and reported one ship sunk, one ship probably sunk, one ship burning and two end-of-run detonations. However, only the Harbury (Master Walter Edward Cook) was hit. Six crew members and one gunner were lost. The master, 33 crew members and eight gunners were picked up by HMS Northern Spray (FY 129) (Lt F.A.J. Downer) and landed at St.Johns. It is possible that Hasenschar thought that the ships sunk by U-264 (Looks) at the same time were his own victims.
At 05.02 hours, U-628 fired her last torpedo against a corvette and observed a huge tongue of flame after 28 seconds and a heavy explosion afterwards, the target disintegrating. However, Allied sources do not report the loss of any escort vessel.
At 16.51 hours, U-628 finished off the wreck of the Harbury with 40 rounds of 8.8cm and 100 rounds of 2cm gunfire. The vessel capsized to starboard at 17.37 hours and sank in 55°10N/42°58W (grid AJ 6453).

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