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Stewart Fletcher
29-03-2008, 08:24
I am seeking info.on my grandfather,JAMES HALL, engineer on merchant ship"OAKCREST" travelling from liverpool,to new york carring ballast. { 1941 } while on this voyage she was sunk by german u-boat U-123.
any information on this action, would be greatly appriciated.
kind regards.
Stewart Fletcher.

29-03-2008, 09:11
Greetings Stewart and welcome to the Forum.

I did a search of OAKCREST on Google but the name is very common and it would take a long time to ascertain if there was anything there or not.

Others here may be more successful.

29-03-2008, 09:13
OAKCREST 5,407 tons, built 1929, belonging to the Crest Line of London.
Sailed from Liverpool in convoy OB,244 bound for New York, but 'straggled' (i.e. fell behind). This obviously left her very vulnerable, and she was attacked at 04.18 on the morning of 23 November 1940 by U-123 in approx. position 53N 17W. The Master, Captain Samuel Dyer and 34 crew were lost; six suvivors managed to land on Barra Island, Hebrides.

For further details of James Hall, I would think it may mean some investigation at the National Archives.

If he was an officer, see:

If he was a merchant rating, see:

31-03-2008, 02:37
Stewart, your GF is commemmorated on the Tower Hill Memorial:

HALL, Third Engineer Officer, JAMES, S.S. Oakcrest (London). Merchant Navy. 22nd November 1940. Age 39. Panel 75.

John Brown
31-03-2008, 09:51

Welcome to the forum.

If you haven't already seen it, you may find this account of the sinking of interest:



Stewart Fletcher
17-04-2008, 08:50
Thank you so very,very, much for your info.this has been so good for my family,to know exactly what happened to the 'OAKCREST'. My mother was only a young lady when this sinking occured and as such,did not know much about it at all.
again,gentlemen thank you very much.
kind regards,
Stewart Fletcher.

17-04-2008, 10:13
Hi Stewart. Just to add some meat to what the crew has already added,here are a couple of links for you to peruse.




stewart mcloughlin
17-04-2008, 10:42
The Oakcrest was formally known as the Koran(n)a, she changed her name in 1940, and there is a picture of her at:-


Her official ship number is 1171313 and she was built in 1929 in Port Glasgow.

If you wish to know more about your grandfather I suggest you go to:-


where there are a number of people who specialise in the Merchant Navy side of things. Have you g/f's full personal details, name, d.o.b., place of birth, times when he was in the M.N., any reference numbers of discharge papers etc., other ships served on/voyages undertaken. There is a wealth of knowledge there and they would be more than happy to help. Just depends on how far you wish to take it.
Best of luck.

Stewart Fletcher
07-05-2008, 19:15
Hi Stewart,
Thank you,for you efforts in tracing my grandfathers ship"OAKCREST" they have been much appriciated.
Kind Regards,
Stewart Fletcher.