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SS Carperby

   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

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Those known to have sailed in

SS Carperby

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • McNally Michael. Dkyman. (d.1st March 1942)
  • Ryce Leonard Wright. Able Sea. (d.1st Mar 1942)

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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

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