Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of the Allen Collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage9,957 tons
Completed1928 - Sir W.G. Armstrong, Whitworth & Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
OwnerCanadian Pacific Steamships Ltd, Montreal 
Date of attack2 Apr 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-48 (Herbert Schultze)
Position60° 50'N, 29° 19'W - Grid AD 8798
Complement79 (21 dead and 58 survivors).
RouteSt. John, New Brunswick (18 Mar) - Halifax (26 Mar) - Liverpool 
CargoGeneral cargo 
History Completed in January 1928

On 22 December 1940 the Beaverdale was damaged in a collision with the Greek steam merchant Anthippi N. Michalos (3298 grt) which sank in 53°10N/05°03W. 
Notes on event

At 01.00 hours on 2 April 1941 the unescorted Beaverdale (Master Charles Draper) was hit amidships by one torpedo from U-48 southeast of Cape Farewell. At 01.25 hours, the U-boat began shelling the ship which exploded after 35 minutes, heeled over to port side and sank. 20 crew members and one gunner were lost. The master and 25 survivors in the first lifeboat landed at Ondverdarnes, Iceland. The survivors in the second boat were picked up by the Icelandic trawler Gulltoppur and landed at Reykjavik. They were later transferred to the British merchants Royal Scot and Royal Ulsterman and landed at Greenock on 17 April.

On boardWe have details of 26 people who were on board

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