Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Clive Ketley Collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,576 tons
Completed1929 - Craig, Taylor & Co Ltd, Stockton-on-Tees 
OwnerAmpleforth Steam Shipping Co Ltd (Charles Cravos & Co), Cardiff 
Date of attack19 Aug 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-101 (Fritz Frauenheim)
Position56° 10'N, 10° 40'W - Grid AM 4355
Complement38 (9 dead and 29 survivors).
ConvoyOA-199 (straggler)
RouteHull - Jacksonville, Florida 
History Completed in December 1929 as Glofield for Globe Shipping Co Ltd (Humphries Cardiff), Cardiff. 1932 renamed Ampleforth for Ampleforth Steam Shipping Co Ltd (Charles Cravos & Co), Cardiff. 
Notes on event

At 01.54 hours on 19 Aug 1940 the unescorted Ampleforth (Master Harry Binham), a straggler from convoy OA-199, was torpedoed and sunk by U-101 west of the Hebrides. Nine crew members were lost. The master and 28 crew members were picked up by HMS Warwick (D 25) (LtCdr M.A.G. Child, RN) and landed at Liverpool.

On boardWe have details of 10 people who were on board

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