- SS Carperby during the Second World War -
If you enjoy this site
please consider making a donation.
Allied Air Forces
Prisoners of War
Women at War
Those Who Served
The Great War
TWMP on Facebook
Your Family History
SS Carperby was a steam merchant of 4,890 tons. She was built in 1928 by W. Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool for Sir R. Ropner & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool.
She was lost on the 1st of March 1942 sunk by U-588 commanded by Victor Vogel at 39° 57'N, 55° 40'W - Grid CC 4110 with the loss of all 47 of her crew. She was sailing as part of Convoy ON-66 which had dispersed. She left the Tyne on the 21st of January for Methil arriving at Oban on 14th Feb then sailing for Buenos Aires via St. Vincent. She had a cargo of 2009 tons of coal and 3262 tons of coke
1st Jun 1941 SS Carperby damaged On 1 Jun 1941, the Carperby was badly damaged in a collision with another ship when en route from Takoradi to Freetown. Three crew members were killed. She made it to Freetown and after temporary repairs continued to Hampton Roads, arriving on 30th of September. She returned to service in November 1941.
1st Jun 1941 SS Carperby damaged
1st Mar 1942 SS Carperby lost At 0200 hours on 1 March 1942 the unescorted SS Carperby under Master Frederick Gardiner, dispersed from convoy ON-66 on 26 February, was hit underneath the bridge by one G7e torpedo from U-588 about 520 miles southeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia. The U-boat had chased the ship for three hours and the Germans observed how she stopped with a slight list after being hit, but did not sink. After distress signals were heard from the ship with her name and position, a coup de grāce was fired at 0218 hours. The torpedo struck Caperby in the foreship and caused the ship to sink quickly by the bow after capsizing. The master, 40 crew members and six gunners were lost.
1st Mar 1942 SS Carperby lost
If you can provide any additional information, please add it here.
Those known to have sailed in
during the Second World War 1939-1945.
- Black James. Able.Sea. (d.1st March 1942)
- McNally Michael. Dkyman. (d.1st March 1942)
- Ryce Leonard Wright. Able Sea. (d.1st Mar 1942)
The names on this list have been submitted by relatives, friends, neighbours and others who wish to remember them, if you have any names to add or any recollections or photos of those listed, please Add a Name to this List
The Wartime Memories Project is the original WW1 and WW2 commemoration website.
- The 1st of September 2017 is The Wartime Memories Project's 18th Birthday. If you would like to send us a present, a donation, no matter how small, would be much appreciated, annually we need to raise enough funds to pay for our web hosting or this site will vanish from the web.
- To commemorate the 70th anniversary of VE Day, we are launching a new feature, Second World War Day by Day and also a new Library to allow access to records which have previously been held in our offline archive.
- Looking for help with Family History Research? Please read our Family History FAQ's
- The Wartime Memories Project is run by volunteers and this website is funded by donations from our visitors. If the information here has been helpful or you have enjoyed reaching the stories please conside making a donation, no matter how small, would be much appreciated, annually we need to raise enough funds to pay for our web hosting or this site will vanish from the web. In these difficult times current donations are falling far short of this target.If you enjoy this site
please consider making a donation.
- We are also looking for volunteers to help with the website. We currently have a huge backlog of submissions which need to be edited for display online, if you have a good standard of written English, an interest in the two World Wars and a little time to spare online we would appreciate your help. For more information please see our page on Volunteering.
Research your own Family History.
Sep 2017 - Please note we currently have a large backlog of submitted material, our volunteers are working through this as quickly as possible and all names, stories and photos will be added to the site. If you have already submitted a story to the site and your UID reference number is higher than 235634, your information is still in the queue, please do not resubmit without contacting us first.
We are aware of the issue with missing images, this is due to the redesign of the website, images will reappear as soon as the new version of the page is completed, thank you for your patience.
We are now on Facebook. Like this page to receive our updates.
If you have a general question please post it on our Facebook page.
Wanted: Digital copies of Group photographs, Scrapbooks, Autograph books, photo albums, newspaper clippings, letters, postcards and ephemera relating to WW2. We would like to obtain digital copies of any documents or photographs relating to WW2 you may have at home.
If you have any unwanted photographs, documents or items from the First or Second World War, please do not destroy them. The Wartime Memories Project will give them a good home and ensure that they are used for educational purposes.Please get in touch for the postal address, do not sent them to our PO Box as packages are not accepted. World War 1 One ww1 wwII greatwar great
Did you know? We also have a section on The Great War. and a Timecapsule to preserve stories from other conflicts for future generations.
Able.Sea. James Black SS Carperby (d.1st March 1942)James Black died age 22 whilst serving onboard the S.S. Carperby (West Hartlepool) which was torpedoed and sunk by U-588 about 420 miles S of Newfoundland. None of her complement of 40 survived, 3 of the men were from Jarrow. James was the son of Alexander E. and Elizabeth Black (nee Curran) of Jarrow
James is remembered on the Tower Hill Memorial. His name was missing off the old plaque in the Town HallVin Mullen
Dkyman. Michael McNally SS Carperby (d.1st March 1942)Michael McNally who died aged 27 was born in Jarrow in 1914 to Daniel and Mary E. McNally (nee Lynch) of Jarrow. He was the husband of Mary McNally (nee Mullen) of Primrose Jarrow and father of Michael McNally born 1942 in Jarrow
Michael is remembered on the Tower Hill Memorial and is commemorated on the WW2 Roll of Honour Plaque in the entrance of Jarrow Town Hall.Vin Mullen
Able Sea. Leonard Wright Ryce SS Carperby (d.1st Mar 1942)Able Seaman Leonard Wright Ryce served on board SS Carperby and died, age 24, on the 1st March 1942 when his ship was sunk by U-588. He was born in Jarrow 1917, the son of Mrs. Sarah E. Robson (nee Ryce) of Chesham, Buckinghamshire. (Sarah E. Ryce married Shadrick A. Robson in 1925)
He is commemorated on the WW2 Roll of Honour Plaque in the entrance of Jarrow Town Hall and on the Tower Hill Memorial.Vin Mullen
Available at discounted prices.
The Wartime Memories Project is a non profit organisation run by volunteers.
This website is paid for out of our own pockets, library subscriptions and from donations made by visitors. The popularity of the site means that it is far exceeding available resources.
If you are enjoying the site, please consider making a donation, however small to help with the costs of keeping the site running.
Website © Copyright MCMXCIX - MMXVII
- All Rights Reserved