King Gruffydd (2)

Official Number

Ship Builder

Engine Builder

Engine Type


147512


Hong Kong & Whampoa

Hong Kong


Hong Kong & Whampoa

Hong Kong


Steam 3 Cyl

HP


2500 IHP

Screws


1

Date of attack

17 Mar 1943

 Fate

Sunk by U-338 (Manfred Kinzel)

Position

51.55N, 32.41W - Grid AK 8599

Complement

49 (24 dead and 25 survivors).

Convoy

SC-122

Route New York (5 Mar) - Loch Ewe - Hull

Cargo

5000 tons of steel, 500 tons of tobacco and 493 tons of high explosives

History

Launched as War Trooper for The Shipping Controller, completed in December 1919 as Greek Ambatielos for N.E. Ambatielos, Argostoli.

1923 sold to Britain and renamed King Gruffydd for Dodd, Thomson & Co Ltd, London.

On 14 Sep, 1939, the King Gruffydd was requisitioned by the Admiralty as Q-ship HMS Maunder (X 28). From 12 Mar, 1941 until 22 Aug, 1941, the vessel was used as armed merchant cruiser and then transferred to the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). The ship was reverted to the steam merchant King Gruffydd and returned to the owner in December 1941.

Torpedoed and Sunk in The North Atlantic - 1943

King Gruffydd

Left  New York

For  Hull

Lost  17 March 1943

Fate

Master

H Griffiths

Lost

Chief Officer

G C Morris

Survived

Third Officer

G M Griffiths

Survived

Second Radio Officer

W Mayall

Lost

Third Radio Officer

J J Ramsay

Lost

Chief Engineer

C E Cox

Lost

Third Engineer

T A Fuge

Lost

Able Seamen

L A Chitham

W H Diggens

H Jones

S McDonough

All Lost

Senior Ordinary Seaman

J Feenan

Lost

Sailor

C G Pringle

Lost

Donkeyman

W J Miller

Lost

Firemen and Trimmers

J P Clune

H Edwards

R Hughes

J Little

T C Reilly

All Lost

Fireman

C Heron

Lost

Asst Cook

G Jones

Lost

Crew Member

G M Griffiths

Survived

Mess Room Boy

S Martin

Lost

Notes on event

At 03.05 hours on 17 Mar, 1943, U-338 fired a spread of two torpedoes at the convoy SC-122 southeast of Cape Farewell and Kinzel thought that he had hit one ship, but in fact the Kingsbury in station #51 and the King Gruffydd in station #52 were hit and sunk. At 03.06 hours, a second spread of two torpedoes was fired, one of them struck the Alderamin in station #61, which sank later in 51°30N/34°55W. At 03.07 hours, the stern torpedo was fired, which missed the intended target, the Alderamin, but damaged the Fort Cedar Lake in station #124.

The master, 21 crew members and two gunners from the King Gruffydd (Master Hywell Griffiths) were lost. 18 crew members and seven gunners were picked up by the British rescue ship Zamalek (Master Owen Charles Morris, DSO) and landed at Gourock on 22 March.

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