british Gibson Geo. - George Gibson & Co. Ltd. SS Abbotsford [+1940]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
subtype/class coal cargo ship (collier)
propulsion steam
date built 1924
weight (tons) 1585  grt
dimensions 76 x 11.58 x 4.42 m
material steel
engine 1 x triple expansion, 2 single boilers, 1 screw
armament armed merchant ship
power 240  n.h.p.
speed 10.5  knots
yard no. 257
IMO/Off. no. 146344
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 10/03/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.19rank: 635
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Goole Shipbuilding & Repairing Co. Ltd., Goole
engine by
North Eastern Marine Engineers Ltd., Sunderland
last owner
[1]Gibson Geo. - George Gibson & Co. Ltd., Leith
SS Abbotsford [+1940]
period 1932 ~ 1940
IMO/Off. no.: 146344
prev. owners
[2]Buck S.S. Co. & Coal Exports, Goole
SS Cyrille Danneels
period 1924 ~ 1932
IMO/Off. no.: 146344
captain Watson, Alexander John
about the wreck
depth (m.) 15 max. / 17.4 min. (m)
orientation 140°
protected no
war grave no
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entered 01/07/2002
last update Lettens Jan
last update 10/03/2012
[1] Lettens Jan25/10/2008
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Bul Marcel21/08/2006Abbotsford SS, SD-2; ex-Cyrille Daneels. Owned by George Gibson & Co. Leith.Built by Goole Ship Building & Repairing Co Ltd at Goole in 1924, dimensions: 76.40m length, 11.58m-beam & 4.40m draught. Engine Triple expansion 240hp & speed of 10.5-knots

Torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-14 (Wohlfarth)in the North Sea N of Zeebrugge, while sailing independently on a voyage from Ghent to Grangemouth, with a cargo of steel and flax. The ship was damaged by a torpedo at 23:30 CET, 9 March 1940, in German naval grid AN 8730. U-14 then proceeded and sank the SS Akeld at 23:45 CET. NE of Zeebrugge, which was following the other ship.

The master and eleven crew members from SS Akeld were lost. At 23:55 CET SS Abbotsford was hit with a torpedo finishing shot. The ship sank on 10 March shortly after midnight. The ship was reported missing on 11 March. The sinking could only have been done by U-14 which at that time was operating in that area.

The Master Alexander John Watson, and crew of 17 were lost. Casualties from the SS Abbotsford are commemorated is on the Tower Hill Memorial on Panel No. 1.
Claes Johnny09/03/2008At 23.30 hours on 9 Mar, 1940, the Abbotsford was hit in the foreship by one G7e torpedo from U-14 north of Zeebrugge and caught fire. The Akeld was ahead of the vessel and apparently turned around to help the torpedoed ship, but at 23.45 hours was struck herself amidships by a G7a torpedo from the same U-boat and sank within seconds. At 23.55 hours, the first ship was sunk by a torpedo. The master, 17 crew members and one gunner from the Abbotsford (Master Alexander John Watson) were lost.
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Bul Marcel21/08/2006Bei Unternehmungen vor Cross Sand und in den Hoofden versenkt am U-14 (Kptlt. Wohlfarth) 4 Schiffe mit 5302 BRT: De Vecht (7-3-40), Borthwick(9-3-40) SS Abbotsford (10-3-40), SS Akeld (10-3-40). Abbotsford 1585 BRT 1924 gebaut, wurde durch U-14 mit Torpedo auf Pos 51.44 N 03.22 E versenkt.

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About Builders
 Goole Shipbuilding & Repairing Co. Ltd., Goole
The Goole Shipbuilding and Repairing Co. was founded by the Craggs family in 1901 and was based on the Dutch River at Goole in Yorkshire, England. - - The yard had a towering reputation for building coasters, tugs and trawlers for the Hull and Grimsby fishing fleets. - - The yard's name was changed to Goole Shipbuilders in 1982, coasters, oil rig supply vessels and a coastal tanker were the last ships built under the Goole name. The yard closed on 27th April 1984.

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North Eastern Marine Engineers Ltd., Sunderland
North Eastern Marine Engineering Co of South Docks, Sunderland was formed in 1860. Engine builders in Sunderland and Wallsend, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. By 1889 the company's works at Sunderland and Wallsend have supplied 100 vessels afloat with their triples fitted. In 1925 sees the Application of Superheated Steam to Marine Engines at both Wallsend and Sunderland. Also now manufacturing marine engines, turbines, marine oil engines, boilers, condensers, feed and ballast pumps, evaporators, feed-water cleaners and heaters, circulating pumps etc. In 1938 became North Eastern Marine Engineers Co. (1938) Ltd., Sunderland.

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