Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Sjöhistoriska Museet, Stockholm

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,082 tons
Completed1918 - E. Finch & Co (1916) Ltd, Chepstow, Monmouthshire 
OwnerHans Fr. Grann, Oslo 
Date of attack11 May 1943Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-402 (Siegfried Freiherr von Forstner)
Position40° 30'N, 32° 30'W - Grid CE 1547
Complement36 (0 dead and 36 survivors).
RouteSydney, CB - Ipswich 
Cargo1000 tons of steel and 3000 tons of lumber 
History Completed in December 1918 as War Forest for The Shipping Controller and managed by R.E. Morel & Co Ltd, Cardiff. 1920 sold to France and renamed Albergallus for Soc. Maritime et Commerciale du Pacifique, Bordeaux. 1925 renamed Thermidor for Cie Nationale de Navigation, Bordeaux. 1926 sold to Greece and renamed Andreas Gerakis for N. Gerakis, Cephalonia. 1927 sold to France and renamed Louis Mercier for Union Miniere et Maritime, Rouen. 1930 sold to Union Industrielle et Maritime, Bordeaux. 1937 sold to Norway and renamed Grado. In June 1938, during the Spanish Civil War, the Grado was captured by a Spanish vessel and taken to Ceuta, where she was kept for three weeks. 
Notes on event

At 20.00 hours on 11 May 1943, U-402 attacked convoy SC-129 and claimed two ships sunk with 9000 grt. The two ships were Antigone and Grado.

The Grado (Master Theodor Jensen) was hit by a torpedo on the port side in the foreship and sank by the bow in about 50 minutes. The master, 32 crew members and four gunners abandoned ship in three lifeboats, 16 of them were picked up by the British rescue ship Melrose Abbey and the remaining men were picked up by two escort vessels.

More infoMore on this vessel 
On boardWe have details of 36 people who were on board

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