mv UPWEY GRANGE
built by Fairfield Govan,
Yard No 617
Propulsion: diesel, 15 knots
Launched: Tuesday, 23/06/1925
Ship Type: Refrigerated Cargo Vessel
Tonnage: 9130 tons
Length: 431 feet
Breadth: 62.5 feet
Draught: 35.3 feet
Houlder Line Ltd. (Houlder Brothers), London
Status: Torpedoed & Sunk - 08/08/1940
Remarks: The following from the Dictionary of Disasters at Sea:
motorship Upwey Grange, Capt. W. E. Williams, on a voyage from
Buenos Aires to London, was approximately 200 miles W. of Achill
Head, Co. Mayo, on August 8th, 1940, when she was attacked by
a German submarine (U37). At about 9.50 a.m. she was struck by two
torpedoes in quick succession, both on the port side, the first
exploding in the engine room and the second in way of No. 6
hatch. The vessel settled by the stern with a list to port and orders
were given to abandon ship.
The boats were got away with some difficulty, the submarine surfacing and a member of her crew taking photographs.
The weather was bad with a rough sea, the boats became separated and the captain's boat was never seen again. The boat under charge of Mr. Ellis, the first officer, after sailing
about 150 miles in three days, was picked up by the trawler Naniwa, Skpr. J. Nightingale, about 50 miles from Achill Head.
Capt. Williams, 33 of the crew and three passengers were lost.
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