Ships hit by U-boats


Adellen

British Motor tanker



Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

NameAdellen
Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage7,984 tons
Completed1930 - Blythswood Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Glasgow 
OwnerAdellen Shipping Co Ltd, London 
HomeportLondon 
Date of attack22 Feb 1942Nationality:      British
 
FateSunk by U-155 (Adolf Cornelius Piening)
Position49° 20'N, 38° 15'W - Grid BD 1455
Complement48 (36 dead and 12 survivors).
ConvoyONS-67
RouteNewport, Mon. - Belfast Lough - Trinidad 
CargoBallast 
History  
Notes on event

At 07.03 hours, U-155 fired three torpedoes at the convoy ONS-67 south of Cape Farewell and heard three detonations. Piening observed no effects after one detonation, but saw explosions on two other ships. He claimed two ships with 15.000 tons sunk and another with 7000 tons damaged, but in fact only the Adellen and Sama were hit and sunk.

29 crew members and seven gunners from the Adellen (Master John Brown) were lost. The master, nine crew members and two gunners were picked up by the HMCS Algoma (K 127) (Lt J. Harding), transferred to the British rescue ship Toward (Master Arthur James Knell DSC MBE) and landed at Halifax on 1 March.

 
On boardWe have details of 36 people who were on board

Location of attack on Adellen.

ship sunk.


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