Extracted from my book, SHIPPING COMPANY LOSSES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR.
MOPAN (Captain S.A. Sapsworth). Homeward bound from the West Indies, and sailing unescorted, when intercepted by the pocket battleship Admiral Scheer (Captain Theodor Krancke) on the afternoon of 5 November, 1940. Complied with Krancke’s order to stop and not use her wireless, and her 68 crew rowed across to become prisoners of the Scheer before their ship was sunk in position 52º48´N 32º15´W. Together with prisoners from other victims of the Scheer, those from the Mopan were transferred to the captured Norwegian tanker Sandefjord on 24 January, 1941 and which arrived at Bordeaux on 28 February. When being taken to Germany by train in March, 8 men escaped, but only 2 reached Spain and, eventually, the UK. Shortly after sinking the Mopan, the Scheer intercepted Convoy HX.84, the Jarvis Bay Convoy, which had sailed from Halifax on 28 October. For details see under Maidan, BROCKLEBANK LINE.
IAN M MALCOLM