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Name: Raymond Berry Rank: Fireman/Trimmer Service: Merchant Navy S.S. Maplecourt Date of Death: February 6, 1941 Age at Death: 29 Memorial Halifax Memorial (Nova Scotia, Canada) Memorial Reference: Panel 18 Commemorated on page 95 of the Merchant Navy Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on February 27 and July 27 Not listed on the Yarmouth War Memorial Raymond Berry was the son of Anna Belle Berry of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. The Canadian steamship Maplecourt of 3,388 tons was on a voyage from Montreal to Preston, Lancashire, UK,when it was torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine U-107 under command of Günter Hessler on February 6th, 1941 when about 300 miles west of the Hebrides. The SS Maplecourt carried 3604 tons of general cargo, including 1540 tons of steel. At 17.52 hours on 6 Feb 1941 the unescorted SS Maplecourt, a straggler from station #84 in convoy SC-20, was hit just aft of the engine room by one stern torpedo and sank rapidly by the stern about 120 miles west of Rockall located 430 km (270 miles) north-west of Ireland, 460 km (290 miles) west of Great Britain and 700 km (440 miles) south of Iceland. The U-boat had chased the ship for about eight hours and missed with one torpedo during a first submerged attack at 13.53 hours. The Germans observed survivors managing to abandon ship in two lifeboats, but they were never seen again. All the crew of 38 were lost. The ship had been rebuilt in 1920 and converted from a passenger ship to a cargo ship of 3,388 tonnage and fitted with a Triple expansion engine. The owner of the SS Maplecourt was the United Towing & Salvage Co Ltd, Port Arthur, Ontario. The home port was Montreal. Joseph E. Doucette (Fireman; aged 42 of Wedgeport, NS) and Ernest F. Trefry (Ordinary Seaman; aged 19 of Yarmouth, NS) also died February 6, 1941 on SS. Maplecourt. Sources and Information: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Veterans Affairs Canada uboat.net www.wrecksite.eu
Raymond Berry
Halifax Memorial
Date of Birth: June 10/11, 1911 Place of Birth: Yarmouth, NS