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Remembering World War II
Ernest F. Trefry
S.S. Maplecourt (Montreal)
Date of Death:
February 6, 1941
Age at Death:
Halifax Memorial (Nova Scotia, Canada)
The 113th name on the WWII list of the Yarmouth War Memorial
Commemorated on page 242 of the Merchant Navy Book of Remembrance
Ernest Trefry was the son of Angus Francis Trefry (1895-1990) and Reta (Hurlburt) Trefry (1897-
1979), 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
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.
Raymond Berry (Fireman/Trimmer; aged 29 of Yarmouth, NS) and Joseph E. Doucette (Fireman;
aged 42 of Wedgeport, NS) also died February 6, 1941 on SS Maplecourt.
Sources and Information:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Veterans Affairs Canada
Ernest F. Trefry