Ships hit by U-boats


British Motor tanker

Photo courtesy of Phil Bailey-Churcher

Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage11,999 tons
Completed1929 - Furness Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Haverton Hill, Middlesbrough 
OwnerUnited Molasses Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack22 Jan 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-82 (Siegfried Rollmann)
Position45° 06'N, 40° 56'W - Grid BC 92
Complement50 (5 dead and 45 survivors).
ConvoyON-56 (dispersed)
RouteCardiff (8 Jan) - Belfast Lough - Aruba 
History Completed in August 1929 
Notes on event

At 23.10 hours on 22 January 1942 the unescorted Athelcrown (Master Isaac Burkhill), dispersed from convoy ON-56, was torpedoed and sunk by U-82 southeast of Cape Race. Five crew members were lost. The master, 26 crew members and six gunners were picked up by the British steam merchant Argos Hill and landed at Halifax. Twelve crew members found the abandoned, drifting wreck of the Diala, which had been torpedoed on 15 January by U-553 (Thurmann) in 47°28N/39°19W. The men remained on board for eight days before they were rescued by the Swedish motor tanker Saturnus that later landed four injured men on the Faroe Islands, while the other eight had been taken off by HMS Dahlia (K 59) (T/Lt M.S. Work, RNR) on 9 February and landed at Londonderry. The wreck of the Diala was sunk by U-587 (Borcherdt) on 23 March.

On boardWe have details of 11 people who were on board

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