SS Canonesa

SS Canonesa was a British cargo ship operated by the Houlder Line.

Name: SS Canonesa
Owner: Houlder Brothers & Co Ltd, London
Builder: Workman, Clark and Company, Belfast
Completed: November 1920
Fate: Sunk on 21 September 1940
General characteristics
Tonnage: 8,286 GRT

She was part of Convoy HX 72 in September 1940, carrying 7,265 tons of refrigerated and general cargo, including 2,258 tons of bacon, 955 tons of cheese, 379 tons of fish and 250 tons of ham, from Sydney, Nova Scotia to Liverpool, United Kingdom. She was under the command of her master, Frederick Stephenson.

The convoy came under attack from a German "wolfpack" while crossing the Atlantic, and at 23:10 hours on 21 September Canonesa was one of three ships torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-100 under Joachim Schepke.[1] She sank about 340 miles west of Bloody Foreland with the loss of one crew member. The remaining 61 survivors were picked up by the Flower-class corvette HMS La Malouine.



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