British Steam merchant
|Completed||1929 - Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow|
|Owner||David Alexander & Sons, Glasgow|
|Date of attack||7 Sep 1939||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-33 (Hans-Wilhelm von Dresky)|
|Position||49° 05'N, 15° 58'W - Grid BE 2939|
|Complement||33 (0 dead and 33 survivors).|
|Route||Puerto Padre, Cuba - London|
|Cargo||4500 tons of sugar|
|Notes on event|
At 15.55 hours on 7 Sep 1939 the Olivegrove (Master James Barnetson) was hit by one torpedo from U-33 and sank about 420 miles west-southwest of Lands End. The ship had been stopped at 14.10 hours by a shot across her bow and the crew was allowed to abandon ship in two lifeboats, despite of having sent a distress message. The U-boat stayed with the lifeboats and fired distress rockets to guide the American passenger ship Washington to the boats after the ship had heard the distress call. The master and 32 crew members were picked up by the liner and landed at Southampton on 9 September.
|On board||We have details of 1 people who were on board.|
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