British Steam merchant
|Completed||1917 - Wood, Skinner & Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne|
|Owner||Connell & Grace Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne|
|Date of attack||22 Sep 1939||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-7 (Werner Heidel)|
|Position||60° 07'N, 4° 37'E - Grid AN 2473|
|Complement||26 (0 dead and 26 survivors).|
|Route||Blyth - Bergen|
|Cargo||2000 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.
|On board||We have details of 2 people who were on board.|
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