Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,777 tons
Completed1921 - H. & C. Grayson Ltd, Garston, Liverpool 
OwnerGart Line Ltd (Whimster & Co), Glasgow 
Date of attack7 Sep 1939Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-47 (Günther Prien)
Position47° 04'N, 11° 32'W - Grid BF 4118
Complement25 (0 dead and 25 survivors).
RouteSète - La Goulette - Clyde 
Cargo1600 tons of iron ore and 500 tons of general cargo, including asphalt 
History Completed in September 1920 as Gelves for M. Isaacs & Sons, London. 1927 renamed Gartavon for Gart Line Ltd (Whimster & Co), Glasgow. 
Notes on event

At 17.47 hours on 7 Sep 1939 the unescorted Gartavon (Master George Smith Hunter) was sunk by gunfire by U-47 260 miles west-northwest of Cape Finisterre. All hands were picked up by the Castor and landed at Horta, Azores on 11 September.

On boardWe have details of 2 people who were on board

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