Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage643 tons
Completed1922 - Yarrow & Co Ltd, Scotstoun, Glasgow 
OwnerTyne-Tees Steam Shipping Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
Date of attack9 Mar 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-14 (Herbert Wohlfarth)
Position51° 44'N, 3° 22'E - Grid AN 8733
Complement13 (13 dead - no survivors)
RouteRotterdam (9 Mar) - Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
CargoGeneral cargo 
History Completed in April 1922 as Mayfield for J. Doyle & Sons, Dublin. 1924 renamed The Earl for J. Hay & Sons Ltd, Glasgow. 1933 renamed Akeld for Tyne-Tees Steam Shipping Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. 
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 grĂ¢ce.

The master, eleven crew members and one gunner from the Akeld (Master David Lambert) were lost.

On boardWe have details of 13 people who were on board

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