British Steam merchant
|Completed||1934 - Burntisland Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Burntisland|
|Owner||Glen & Co Ltd, Glasgow|
|Date of attack||19 Aug 1941||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-559 (Hans Heidtmann)|
|Position||48° 48'N, 17° 46'W - Grid BE 2593|
|Complement||25 (1 dead and 24 survivors).|
|Route||Glasgow - Lisbon|
|Cargo||2300 tons of coal|
|History||Completed in June 1934 |
|Notes on event|
At 02.08 hours on 19 Aug 1941, U-559 fired a salvo of four torpedoes at the convoy OG-71 about 600 miles west of Ushant, observed one hit and heard one double and one single detonation. The assessment of the BdU was that two ships of 17.000 grt had been sunk and another ship of 7000 grt damaged. In fact, only the Alva (Master Cyril Spenser Palmer) was sunk in this attack. One gunner was lost.
The master, nine crew members and three gunners were picked up by the Clonlara, but eight of them died when this vessel was sunk by U-564 (Suhren) on 22 August. Eleven other crew members were picked up by the Empire Oak, which was sunk by the same U-boat later on 22 August. The crew members from the Alva survived and were picked up by HMS Campanula (K 18) (LtCdr R.V.E. Case, DSC, RNR), transferred to HMS Velox (D 34) (LtCdr E.G. Roper, DSC, RN) and landed at Gibraltar on 25 August.
|On board||We have details of 14 people who were on board.|
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