British Steam merchant
|Completed||1924 - R. Duncan & Co Ltd, Port Glasgow|
|Owner||W.A. Souter & Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne|
|Date of attack||27 May 1940||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-37 (Victor Oehrn)|
|Position||43° 48'N, 12° 32'W - Grid BF 9912|
|Complement||37 (32 dead and 5 survivors).|
|Route||Swansea - Philadelphia|
|History||Built as Gretaston for William S. Miller & Co, Glasgow. 1939 sold to W.A. Souter & Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and renamed Sheaf Mead. |
|Notes on event|
At 15.51 hours on 27 May 1940 the unescorted Sheaf Mead (Master Alexander Henderson Still) was hit in the stern by one torpedo from U-37 and sank capsizing after a boiler explosion at 15.54 hours about 180 miles from Cape Finisterre. The Germans tried to questioning the survivors on a raft, but they did not answer the questions. The master, 30 crew members and one gunner were lost. Five crew members were picked up by Frangoula B. Goulandris and landed at Queenstown, Cork on 31 May.
|On board||We have details of 31 people who were on board.|
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