Remembering Thomas Harold Kemp and the crew of SS Ocean Courage, lost at sea 75 years ago 15 January 1943.
Born in Devoran in 1885 to a family of coal and oyster merchants, Master Thomas Harold Kemp was living in Eastbourne, Sussex when he was lost at sea aboard SS Ocean Courage aged 57 on 15 January 1943.
He is remembered with crew members on Panel 75 of the Tower Hill Memorial to Merchant Navy staff.
The crew and casualties are listed here https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship2589.html
According to the EU Wrecksite website, on 15 January 1943 The Ocean Courage was sunk in the Atlantic, South of the Cape Verde Island and west of Gambia in Africa whilst sailing independently on a voyage from Pepel to the UK via Freetown and Trinidad with a cargo of 9000 tons of iron ore and mail. She was sunk by a torpedo from U-182, commanded by U-boat Captain Nicolai Clausen.
The Master Captain Thomas Harold Kemp, 41 crew, 2 gunners and 2 stowaways were lost.
Six crew and 1 gunner were rescued by British ship Silver Walnut and landed at Norfolk, Virginia.
Kemp became a Master fairly young (his Master’s Certificates are on Ancestry.co.uk).
His ship the Ocean Princess was built in the USA in 1942 and operated by locally founded St. Ives Hain Steamship Co.Ltd.
Kemp is listed on the brass plaque inside the church, not on the granite war memorial.
T.H. Kemp and F.W. Kemp are listed on the bottom right of the Devoran Roll of Honour in the Village Hall for his service in the Mercantile Marine or Merchant Navy of WW1.
T.H. Kemp – Remembered 75 years on, in his home village.
Blogposted by Mark Norris, Devoran War Memorial Project, 15 January 2018