British Steam merchant
|Completed||1924 - Goole Shipbuilding & Repairing Co Ltd, Goole|
|Owner||George Gibson & Co Ltd, Leith|
|Date of attack||9 Mar 1940||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-14 (Herbert Wohlfarth)|
|Position||51° 44'N, 3° 22'E - Grid AN 8733|
|Complement||19 (19 dead - no survivors)|
|Route||Ghent - Grangemouth|
|Cargo||Steel and flax|
|History||Completed in October 1924 as Cyrille Danneels for Buck Steam Shipping & Coal Exports, Goole. 1932 renamed Abbotsford for George Gibson & Co Ltd, Leith. |
|Notes on event|
At 23.30 hours on 9 March 1940 the Abbotsford was hit in the foreship by one G7e torpedo from U-14 north of Zeebrugge and caught fire. The Akeld was ahead of the vessel and apparently turned around to help the torpedoed ship, but at 23.45 hours was struck herself amidships by a G7a torpedo from the same U-boat and sank within seconds. At 23.55 hours, the first ship was sunk by a coup de grâce.
The master, 17 crew members and one gunner from the Abbotsford (Master Alexander John Watson) were lost.
|On board||We have details of 19 people who were on board.|
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