Ships hit by U-boats

Sheaf Mead

British Steam merchant

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NameSheaf Mead
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,008 tons
Completed1924 - R. Duncan & Co Ltd, Port Glasgow 
OwnerW.A. Souter & Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
Date of attack27 May 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-37 (Victor Oehrn)
Position43° 48'N, 12° 32'W - Grid BF 9912
Complement37 (32 dead and 5 survivors).
RouteSwansea - Philadelphia 
History Built as Gretaston for William S. Miller & Co, Glasgow. 1939 sold to W.A. Souter & Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and renamed Sheaf Mead
Notes on event

At 15.51 hours on 27 May 1940 the unescorted Sheaf Mead (Master Alexander Henderson Still) was hit in the stern by one torpedo from U-37 and sank capsizing after a boiler explosion at 15.54 hours about 180 miles from Cape Finisterre. The Germans tried to questioning the survivors on a raft, but they did not answer the questions. The master, 30 crew members and one gunner were lost. Five crew members were picked up by Frangoula B. Goulandris and landed at Queenstown, Cork on 31 May.

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