British Steam merchant
|Completed||1940 - Sir James Laing & Sons Ltd, Sunderland|
|Owner||John I. Jacobs & Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||26 Aug 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-130 (Ernst Kals)|
|Position||5° 30'N, 14° 04'W - Grid ET 6715|
|Complement||44 (1 dead and 43 survivors).|
|Route||Haifa - Lourenço Marques (3 Aug) - Freetown - UK|
|Cargo||3209 tons of general cargo and 5000 tons of potash|
|History||Completed in January 1940 |
|Notes on event|
At 11.24 hours on 26 Aug 1942 the unescorted Beechwood (Master Samuel James Dring) was hit fore and amidships by two G7e torpedoes from U-130 and sank capsizing to port south of Monrovia. One crew member was lost. The master was taken prisoner by the U-boat, landed at Lorient on 12 September and taken to the POW camp Milag Nord. 36 crew members, five gunners and one stowaway were picked up by the RFA fleet oiler Fortol (Master Herbert Walker Flint) and landed at Freetown.
|On board||We have details of 4 people who were on board.|
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