Ships hit by U-boats


British Motor tanker

Photo courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage7,984 tons
Completed1930 - Blythswood Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Glasgow 
OwnerAdellen Shipping Co Ltd, London 
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).
RouteNewport, Mon. - Belfast Lough - Trinidad 
History Completed in December 1930 
Notes on event

At 07.03 hours on 22 February 1942 U-155 fired three torpedoes at 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 grt sunk and another with 7000 grt 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 HMCS Algoma (K 127) (Lt J. Harding, RCNR), 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 37 people who were on board

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