Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,086 tons
Completed1919 - Hall, Russell & Co Ltd, Aberdeen 
OwnerAberdeen Coal & Shipping Co, Aberdeen 
Date of attack21 Jan 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-22 (Karl-Heinrich Jenisch)
Position55° 05'N, 1° 27'W - Grid AN 5461
Complement13 (11 dead and 2 survivors).
RouteBlyth - Aberdeen 
Cargo1200 tons of coal 
History Completed in October 1919 
Notes on event

At 21.30 hours on 21 January 1940 the unescorted Ferryhill (Master Williamson John Taylor Stephen) struck a mine laid on 20 December 1939 by U-22 and sank 1.5 miles north of St. Mary’s Lighthouse near Blyth. The master and ten crew members were lost. Two crew members were picked up by the British M/S trawler HMS Young Jacob (FY 975) (Skipper T. Williamson, RNR) and landed at North Shields.

On boardWe have details of 13 people who were on board

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