British Steam merchant
|Completed||1929 - Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow|
|Owner||Andrew Crawford & Co Ltd, Glasgow|
|Date of attack||22 Dec 1939||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Damaged by U-61 (Jürgen Oesten)|
|Position||55° 01'N, 1° 20'W - Grid AN 5464|
|Complement||35 (0 dead and 35 survivors).|
|Route||Alexandria (24 Nov) - Gibraltar - Downs - Tyne - Leith|
|Cargo||4980 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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