Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,694 tons
Completed1917 - Wood, Skinner & Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
OwnerConnell & Grace Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
Date of attack22 Sep 1939Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-7 (Werner Heidel)
Position60° 07'N, 4° 37'E - Grid AN 2473
Complement26 (0 dead and 26 survivors).
RouteBlyth - Bergen 
Cargo2000 tons of coal 
History Completed in July 1917 as Burnhope for Burnett SS Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. 1928 renamed Akenside for Connell & Grace Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. 
Notes on event

At 14.30 hours on 22 Sep 1939 the unescorted Akenside (Master John Thomas Nelson) was stopped by U-7 with machine-gun fire 15 miles west by north of Marsten Island. The crew immediately abandoned ship in lifeboats after a distress signal was sent. The U-boat then sank the vessel with a torpedo. The master and 25 crew members were picked up by the Norwegian torpedo boat Storm and the Marsten Pilot Boat and landed at Bergen.

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