Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

We don't have a picture of this vessel at this time.

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,491 tons
Completed1925 - Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Wallsend, Sunderland 
OwnerFrank S. Dawson Ltd, Cardiff 
Date of attack31 May 1941Nationality:      British
FateA total loss by U-147 (Eberhard Wetjen)
Position56° 00'N, 11° 13'W
Complement36 (11 dead and 25 survivors).
ConvoyHX-127 (straggler)
RouteSt.John, New Brunswick - Halifax - London 
Cargo1101 standards of timber 
History Built as Roi Albert 1938 renamed French Gravelines for Compagnie France-Navigation, Dunkirk.
1940 taken over by the British Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 
Notes on event

On 31 May 1941 the Gravelines (Master Jean Soulé), a straggler from convoy HX-127, was torpedoed by U-147 northwest of Bloody Foreland and broke in two. The master and 10 crew members died. 23 crew members and two gunners were picked up by the British sloop HMS Deptford (L 53) (LtCdr H.R. White) and landed at Liverpool. The afterpart of the Gravelines sank and the forepart was towed to the Clyde and beached at Kames Bay on 3 June. The vessel was declared a total loss and was broken up in Rothesay in 1942.

On boardWe have details of 11 people who were on board

Location of attack on Gravelines.

ship damaged.

If you can help us with any additional information on this vessel then please contact us.

Return to Allied Ships hit by U-boats