Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,060 tons
Completed1929 - Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow 
OwnerDavid Alexander & Sons, Glasgow 
Date of attack7 Sep 1939Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-33 (Hans-Wilhelm von Dresky)
Position49° 05'N, 15° 58'W - Grid BE 2939
Complement33 (0 dead and 33 survivors).
RoutePuerto Padre, Cuba - London 
Cargo4500 tons of sugar 
Notes on event

At 15.55 hours on 7 Sep 1939 the Olivegrove (Master James Barnetson) was hit by one torpedo from U-33 and sank about 420 miles west-southwest of Lands End. The ship had been stopped at 14.10 hours by a shot across her bow and the crew was allowed to abandon ship in two lifeboats, despite of having sent a distress message. The U-boat stayed with the lifeboats and fired distress rockets to guide the American passenger ship Washington to the boats after the ship had heard the distress call. The master and 32 crew members were picked up by the liner and landed at Southampton on 9 September.

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