King Alfred (2)

Date of attack

4 Aug 1940

Fate

Sunk by U-52 (Otto Salman)

Position 56.59N, 17.38W - Grid AL 0344

Complement

41 (7 dead and 34 survivors).

Convoy

HX-60

Route

St.Johns - Halifax - Methil


Official Number

Ship Builder

Engine Builder

Engine Type


137268


Wm Doxford

Sunderland


Wm Doxford

Sunderland


Steam 3 Cyl

HP


2500 IHP

Screws


1

Torpedoed and Sunk in The North Atlantic - 1940

King Alfred

Left St Johns

For Methil

Lost 4 August 1940

Fate

Master

R Storm

Survived

Second Engineer

J E MacRae

Lost

Third Engineer

W E Jones

Lost

Ordinary Seamen

A Clegg

R M C Holliday

Both Lost

Firemen/Trimmers

C Brawley

J McEvoy

Both Lost

Greaser

F Symington

Lost

Cook

G Bartlett

Lost

Cargo

6750 tons of pit props

History

Launched as War Azalea, completed in September 1919 as King Alfred

Notes on loss  

At 03.35 and 03.38 hours on 4 Aug, 1940, U-52 fired torpedoes at the convoy HX-60 about 300 miles west-northwest of Bloody Foreland and sank the King Alfred and Gogovale.

The King Alfred (Master Richard Storm) broke in two, the bow sank and the stern was sunk by HMS Vanoc (H 33) (LtCdr J.G.W. Deneys), which also picked up the master and 33 crew members and landed them at Liverpool.

Seven crew members were lost.

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