Ships hit by U-boats

Alida Gorthon

Swedish Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Sjöhistoriska Museet, Stockholm

NameAlida Gorthon
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,373 tons
Completed1902 - W. Gray & Co, West Hartlepool 
OwnerJoh. Gorthon, Helsingborg 
Date of attack29 Aug 1940Nationality:      Swedish
FateSunk by U-100 (Joachim Schepke)
Position56° 09'N, 12° 14'W - Grid AM 2952
Complement44 (31 dead and 13 survivors).
ConvoyOA-204 (straggler)
RouteLondon - Methil - St. John’s, Newfoundland 
History Completed in May 1902 as British Atheniana for British Maritime Trust Ltd (Furness, Withy & Co), West Hartlepool. 1909 renamed Athinaia for A.A. Embiricos & Co. 1911 returned and renamed Atheniana. 1913 sold to Sweden and renamed Alida for B.O. Borjesson. 1919 renamed Karlsvik for Norrköpings Rederi-A/B (V. Schreil), Norrköping. 1934 renamed Alida Gorthon for Rederi-A/B Activ (Joh. Gorthon), Helsingborg. 
Notes on event

At 03.36 hours on 29 Aug 1940 the unescorted Alida Gorthon, a straggler from convoy OA-204, was hit in the engine room by a G7e torpedo from U-100 and sank fast about 250 miles northwest of Tory Island. The ship had been missed by a G7a torpedo at 03.16 hours.

The Alida Gorthon had picked up 20 survivors from the Dalblair, which had been sunk by the same U-boat a few hours earlier and fell behind convoy. The survivors and eleven crew members were lost.

On boardWe have details of 3 people who were on board

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