British Steam merchant
|Completed||1925 - Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Wallsend, Sunderland|
|Owner||Frank S. Dawson Ltd, Cardiff|
|Date of attack||31 May 1941||Nationality: British|
|Fate||A total loss by U-147 (Eberhard Wetjen)|
|Position||56N, 11.13W -|
|Complement||36 (11 dead and 25 survivors).|
|Route||St.John, New Brunswick - Halifax - London|
|Cargo||1101 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 board||We have details of 11 people who were on board.|
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