Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Paul Johnson Collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,313 tons
Completed1936 - William Pickersgill & Sons Ltd, Sunderland 
OwnerSir R. Ropner & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool 
HomeportWest Hartlepool 
Date of attack3 Apr 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-73 (Helmut Rosenbaum)
Position58° 21'N, 27° 59'W - Grid AK 3672
Complement39 (0 dead and 39 survivors).
ConvoySC-26 (straggler)
RouteNew York - Sydney, CB - Hull 
Cargo7200 tons of wheat 
History Launched in 1930 as Northwick and laid up unfinished due to the Great Depression. Completed in September 1936 as Alderpool for Pool Shipping Co Ltd (Sir R. Ropner & Co Ltd), West Hartlepool. 
Notes on event

At 00.42 hours on 3 April 1941, U-46 (Endrass) attacked convoy SC-26 for a second time southwest of Reykjavik and observed one hit on the Alderpool (Master Tom Valentine Frank, OBE) in station #11. The ship was abandoned and was finished off by U-73 behind convoy with a coup de grĂ¢ce at 03.28 hours the same day. The master, 36 crew members and two gunners were picked up by Thirlby and landed at Loch Ewe.

On boardWe have details of 1 people who were on board

Attack entries for Alderpool

DateU-boatCommanderLoss typeTonsNat.
3 Apr 1941U-46Oblt. Engelbert EndrassDamaged4,313  
3 Apr 1941U-73Kptlt. Helmut RosenbaumSunk4,313  

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