Norwegian Steam merchant
|Completed||1918 - E. Finch & Co (1916) Ltd, Chepstow, Monmouthshire|
|Owner||Hans Fr. Grann, Oslo|
|Date of attack||11 May 1943||Nationality: Norwegian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-402 (Siegfried Freiherr von Forstner)|
|Position||40° 30'N, 32° 30'W - Grid CE 1547|
|Complement||36 (0 dead and 36 survivors).|
|Route||Sydney, CB - Ipswich|
|Cargo||1000 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|
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.
|On board||We have details of 36 people who were on board.|
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