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Hearts of Oak
Athel Line Ships
2 ships of this name
Built 1929 Camell Laird Shipbuilders Birkenhead
Vessel Number V0959
For United Molasses Corporation Uk
1940 Torpedoed 2.7.40; 47 24N 16 49W; U-29
1940 2nd July At 2352, the ATHELLAIRD, a straggler from Convoy OB-176, was hit by one torpedo from U-29 about 350 miles NW of Cape Finisterre. At 0210 on 3 July, three coup de grâce shots were fired of which two missed and the third sank the tanker. The master and 41 crewmembers were picked up by sloop HMS SANDWICH and landed at Greenock. Laurie Youens, Petty Officer, aged 16, spent 10 days adrift in the ship’s lifeboat. Picked up by an Irish coaster and landed at Tralee, County Kerry. He stayed for a few days as a guest of the Brandon Hotel in Tralee before he was returned to England.
Collection Raul Maya (Montevideo)
Built 1948 Camell Laird Shipbuilders, Birkenhead
Vessel Nr V1188
For Athel Line Ltd Uk
522ft 7ins x 67ft 3ins
scrapped at Faslane.