Ships hit by U-boats

British Ardour

British Steam tanker

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

NameBritish Ardour
Type:Steam tanker
Tonnage7,124 tons
Completed1928 - Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd, Jarrow 
OwnerBritish Tanker Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack5 Apr 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-706 (Alexander von Zitzewitz)
Position58° 08'N, 34° 04'W - Grid AK 2722
Complement62 (0 dead and 62 survivors).
RouteNew York (25 Mar) - Greenock 
Cargo10.000 tons of Admiralty fuel oil 
History Completed in July 1928 
Notes on event

At 16.45 hours on 5 April 1943, U-706 fired a spread of two torpedoes at convoy HX-231 west of Ireland and heard later loud sinking noises. The first torpedo damaged the British Ardour and the second missed the British steam merchant Tyndareus (11.361 grt), which was the ship of convoy commodore.

The British Ardour (Master Thomas Copeman) was later scuttled by HMS Vidette (D 48) (LtCdr R. Hart, DSC, RN) and HMS Snowflake (K 211) (Lt H.G. Chesterman, RNR). The master, 53 crew members and eight gunners were picked up by the corvette and landed at Londonderry on 9 April.

On boardWe have details of 2 people who were on board

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