Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,567 tons
Completed1924 - Osbourne, Graham & Co Ltd, North Hylton, Sunderland 
OwnerSmith, Hogg & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool 
HomeportWest Hartlepool 
Date of attack16 Sep 1939Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-33 (Hans-Wilhelm von Dresky)
Position48° 00'N, 9° 30'W - Grid BF 4156
Complement? men (0 dead and ? survivors).
RouteTyne - Gibraltar 
Cargo2500 tons of coal and coke 
History Completed in February 1924 
Notes on event

At 07.00 hours on 16 Sep 1939, U-33 stopped the unescorted Arkleside (Master Robert William Edmondson) with a shot across her bow about 150 miles southwest of Lands End. The crew immediately abandoned ship, but the Germans ordered them to reboard their vessel and to follow the U-boat because bad weather prevented a contraband control. At 19.00 hours, the U-boat stopped two French fishing smacks and transferred the British crew to them, while a German boarding party searched the Arkleside. At 21.30 hours, the vessel was sunk by a coup de grĂ¢ce. The survivors were taken by the French vessels to Concarneau, 60 miles south of Ushant.

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