Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,434 tons
Completed1929 - Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow 
OwnerAndrew Crawford & Co Ltd, Glasgow 
Date of attack22 Dec 1939Nationality:      British
FateDamaged by U-61 (J├╝rgen Oesten)
Position55° 01'N, 1° 20'W - Grid AN 5464
Complement35 (0 dead and 35 survivors).
RouteAlexandria (24 Nov) - Gibraltar - Downs - Tyne - Leith 
Cargo4980 tons of cotton seed, 2050 tons of oil cake and 250 tons of rice 
History Completed in September 1929 as Gryfevale for Gryfevale Steam Ship Co Ltd (Andrew Crawford & Co Ltd), Glasgow.

1946 renamed Charles Dickens for Andrew Crawford & Co Ltd, Glasgow and 1948 transferred to Chine Shipping Co Ltd, London. 1952 sold to Japan and renamed Fukuyo Maru for Hukuyo Kisen KK, Tokyo. Broken up at Innoshima in October 1962. 
Notes on event

At 13.40 hours on 22 December 1939 the Gryfevale was damaged by a mine laid on 1 December by U-61 three miles east of the Tyne Piers.

Gryfevale made it back to the Tyne under her own power and was repaired until June 1940. She was taken over by the Admiralty and used as water distilling ship in Freetown and Bathurst until April 1944 when the ship returned to trade by Anglo-Danubian Transport Co Ltd, London.


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