Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,274 tons
Completed1915 - Richardson, Duck & Co Ltd, Stockton-on-Tees 
OwnerW.T. Gould & Co Ltd, Cardiff 
Date of attack2 Dec 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-562 (Horst Hamm)
Position35° 21'N, 3° 26'W - Grid CH 7761
Complement43 (41 dead and 2 survivors).
RouteMelilla, Spanish Morocco - UK 
Cargo6900 tons of iron ore 
History Completed in September 1915 as Beachy Head for Fargrove Steam Navigation Co Ltd (Farrar, Groves & Co Ltd), London. 1917 renamed Grelhead for Griffiths Lewis Steam Navigation Co Ltd (J.C. Gould & Co), Cardiff. 1920 sold to Gould Steamships & Industrial Ltd, London. 1925 sold to The Derwen Shipping Co Ltd (D.G. Hall & Co), London. 1931 sold to Heanton Shipping Co Ltd (W.T. Gould & Co Ltd), London. 1937 transferred to Cardigan Shipping Co Ltd for the same manager. 
Notes on event

At 01.19 hours on 2 Dec 1941 the unescorted Grelhead (Master Charles John Pirie) was torpedoed and sunk by U-562 two miles north of Punta Negri, Morocco. The master, 34 crew members and six gunners were lost. Two crew members were rescued and landed at Tangiers.

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