British Steam merchant
|Completed||1922 - Yarrow & Co Ltd, Scotstoun, Glasgow|
|Owner||Tyne-Tees Steam Shipping Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne|
|Date of attack||9 Mar 1940||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-14 (Herbert Wohlfarth)|
|Position||51.44N, 03.22E - Grid AN 8733|
|Complement||13 (13 dead - no survivors)|
|Route||Rotterdam (9 Mar) - Newcastle-upon-Tyne|
Completed in April 1922 as Mayfield for J. Doyle & Sons, Dublin. 1924 renamed The Earl for J. Hay & Sons Ltd, Glasgow. 1933 renamed Akeld for Tyne-Tees Steam Shipping Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
|Notes on event|
At 23.30 hours on 9 Mar, 1940, the Abbotsford was hit in the foreship by one G7e torpedo from U-14 north of Zeebrugge and caught fire. The Akeld was ahead of the vessel and apparently turned around to help the torpedoed ship, but at 23.45 hours was struck herself amidships by a G7a torpedo from the same U-boat and sank within seconds. At 23.55 hours, the first ship was sunk by a coup de grâce.
The master, eleven crew members and one gunner from the Akeld (Master David Lambert) were lost.
|On board||We have details of 13 people who were on board.|
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