British Steam merchant
|Completed||1937 - Burntisland Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Burntisland|
|Owner||Alexander Capper & Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||17 Mar 1943||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-338 (Manfred Kinzel)|
|Position||51° 55'N, 32° 41'W - Grid AK 8599|
|Complement||48 (4 dead and 44 survivors).|
|Route||Port Harcourt - New York (5 Mar) - London|
|Cargo||West African produce, including building timber, soya and 2000 tons of bauxite|
|History||Completed in November 1937 |
|Notes on event|
At 03.05 hours on 17 March 1943, U-338 fired a spread of two torpedoes at the convoy SC-122 southeast of Cape Farewell and Kinzel thought that he had hit one ship, but in fact the Kingsbury in station #51 and the King Gruffydd in station #52 were hit and sunk. At 03.06 hours, a second spread of two torpedoes was fired, one of them struck the Alderamin in station #61, which sank later in 51°30N/34°55W. At 03.07 hours, the stern torpedo was fired, which missed the intended target, the Alderamin, but damaged the Fort Cedar Lake in station #124.
Three crew members and one passenger from Kingsbury (Master William Laidler) were lost. The master , 36 crew members, six gunners and one passenger were picked up by the British rescue ship Zamalek (Master Owen Charles Morris, DSO) and landed at Gourock on 22 March.
|On board||We have details of 8 people who were on board.|
If you can help us with any additional information on this vessel then please contact us.