Ships hit by U-boats


British Motor merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage5,159 tons
Completed1924 - Harland & Wolff Ltd, Govan, Glasgow 
OwnerAndrew Weir & Co, London 
Date of attack21 Apr 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-26 (Heinz Scheringer)
Position62° 49'N, 4° 10'E - Grid AF 8274
Complement45 (15 dead and 30 survivors).
RouteLeith - Aandalsnes, Norway 
Cargo400 tons of military stores, ammunition and vehicles 
History Completed in October 1924 
Notes on event

At 07.49 hours on 21 April 1940 the Cedarbank (Master William James Calderwood), in the supply convoy AP-1 (three transports and two destroyers) for the Allied landings in Norway, was hit aft by a stern torpedo from U-26 and sank by the stern northwest of Bergen. 14 crew members and one gunner were lost. The master and 29 crew members were picked up by HMS Javelin (F 61) (Cdr A.F. Pugsley, RN) and landed at Aalesund.

The Cedarbank was the only Allied transport lost to U-boats during the Norway operations in April 1940. The ship was carrying supplies for the 148th Brigade, which lost many motor transports, half of the AA guns, much of the urgently needed ammunition and 75 tons of rations with the ship.

On boardWe have details of 17 people who were on board

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