Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Blairlogie under her former name Grovedene. Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,425 tons
Completed1929 - Craig, Taylor & Co Ltd, Stockton-on-Tees 
OwnerGeorge Nisbet & Co, Glasgow 
Date of attack11 Sep 1939Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-30 (Fritz-Julius Lemp)
Position54° 58'N, 15° 14'W - Grid AM 4458
Complement30 (0 dead and 30 survivors).
RoutePortland, Maine - Lands End (for orders) 
CargoScrap iron and steel 
History Completed in October 1929 as Portfield for Portfield SS Co Ltd (W.E. Hinde & Co), Cardiff. 1934 renamed Grovedene for Grovedene Shipping Co Ltd (W.S. Hinde), Cardiff. 1936 renamed Blairlogie for George Nisbet & Co, Glasgow. 
Notes on event

At 04.24 hours on 11 Sep 1939 the unescorted and unarmed Blairlogie (Master Daniel Brown MacAlpine) was attacked by U-30 with machinegun-fire about 200 miles west of Ireland. After 05.00 hours, the U-boat fired 18 shells from her deckgun and stopped the vessel with three hits. After the crew abandoned ship in two lifeboats, she was sunk at 05.30 hours with one torpedo. The survivors were provided with two bottles of gin and cigarettes by the Germans. They were picked up by the American Shipper and landed at New York on 18 September.

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