british Hunting & Son Ltd. - Northern Petroleum Tank S.S. - Filed Tank S.S. - Hunting S.S. SS Gretafield (fore part) [+1940]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type tanker
propulsion steam
date built 1928
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weight (tons) 10191  grt
dimensions 152.4 x 20.7 x 11.3 m
material steel
engine quadruple expansion engines & L.P. turbine, 4 boilers, single shaft
power 874  n.h.p.
speed 11.5  knots
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
other reasons [1] ran aground (wrecked)
[2] fire
date lost 14/02/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.11rank: 652
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Cammell Laird & Co., Birkenhead
Hunting & Son Ltd. - Northern Petroleum Tank S.S. - Filed Tank S.S. - Hunting S.S., Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
captain Master Ernst Derricks
no. of crew 41
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depth (m.) 10 max. / -- min. (m)
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last update 22/12/2009
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Peppie27/07/2009At 01.35 hours on 14 Feb, 1940, the Gretafield (Master Ernst Derricks), a straggler from convoy HX-18, was hit by one G7a torpedo from U-57 southeast of Noss Head. The tanker caught fire after being hit aft by one G7e torpedo at 01.48 hours. Ten crew members were lost. The master and 30 crew members were picked up by the British armed trawlers HMS Peggy Nutten (4.450) (Skipper J.C. Taylor) and HMS Strathalladale (4.458) and landed at Wick.

The burning Gretafield drifted ashore at Dunbeath, Caithnesshire in 58°14´15N/03°25´45W. On 19 March, the tanker broke in two and was declared a total

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Lettens Jan22/12/2009Two other vessels were sunk together with SS Gretafield, round about the same time in this vicinity and later the Admiralty announced that two German submarines probably concerned in the sinkings had been destroyed within a few hours of the attack.
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Allen Tony26/06/2007Gretafield was a British Steam Tanker built in 1928. She was on route from CURACAO for INVERGORDAN carrying 13.000 tons of oil fuel when she was torpedoed by U-57 on the 14th February 1940. She was owned by HUNTING & SON LTD NORTHERN PETROLEUM TANK STEAM SHIP CO LTD. 11 crew lost from a total crew 41.
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About Builders
 Cammell Laird & Co., Birkenhead
Charles Cammell and Co, iron and steel founders, was established in 1824. Cammell, Laird and Co. was formed in 1903 when the Laird Brothers amalgamated their company with Charles Cammell and Co. - - The Cammell Laird site at Birkenhead on Merseyside was established in 1824, and has been successfully building, repairing ships right through to present times. The shipyard is in a world famous maritime region and is recognised internationally as having been at the forefront of the British Shipbuilding Industry. - - - - - - - Cammell Laird used to have their own flag. The flag was used on ships that were in their trials. Only when approved by the buyer, she changed flags

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