SS Deptford

Mike Craine
6th May 2007, 22:08
Can anyone add to the following or a possible photo.
My fathers cousin was the radio officer on her when lost.
DEPTFORD Britain S.S. Co.; 1931; Smith's Dock Co.; 4,034 tons; 366-4X 52x24-7; 10-5 knots; triple-expansion engines. The steamship Deptford, Capt. Ferguson, from Kirkenes to England with iron ore, was torpedoed by a German submarine at 1 p.m. on December 13th, 1939, N.W. of Honningsvaag Lighthouse at Stadt, Norway. The vessel sank immediately and out of her crew of 35 there were only five survivors. Four men were picked up by the steamship Firda, and another three by the steamship Nordnorge, but two died shortly after they were taken on board. Capt. Ferguson was lost with the vessel. The Deptford was not in convoy at the time of the sinking.

6th May 2007, 23:25
Cannot find DEPTFORD but she had a sister DARTFORD seen here:

Mike Craine
8th May 2007, 08:04
Many thanks for that, it makes it all the more real. Do you know what the shipping company was called who owned these ships?

8th May 2007, 19:53
There were three built by Smiths Docks at Stockton.For Watts, Watts & Co.
Dartford 4093/30
Deptford 4101/31
Dulwich 4102/31

20th May 2007, 16:13
hi there is another picture of dartford on under allied ships section listed under d, gives details of the sinking by uboat commander and ships photo and all details, cheers, stores.

20th May 2007, 23:16
I don't know if there's any extra details here, Mike, but fwiw here's the report from The Times (14 Dec 1939):

London Steamer Sunk By U-Boat
Five Survivors
Oslo, Dec. 13
The British steamer Deptford (4,034
tons), bound southwards from Kirkenes
with a cargo of ore, was torpedoed at
1 p.m. to-day north-west of Honnings-
vaag lighthouse at Stadt. The ship sank
immediately and only five of the crew of
35 were saved.
The master of the Norwegian cargo
steamer Firda reports that his ship was
only 250 yards from the Deptford when
the explosion took place, and he saw the
U-boat's periscope. The Firda hurried
to the spot and saved four almost naked
men who were taken to Stadt. The
steamer Nordnorge arrived at the place
10 minutes after the disaster and found
three men among the wreckage, but only
one was alive when the ship arrived at
Aalesund. The steamer Sekstant was only
a few miles ahead of the Deptford and
turned immediately after the explosion,
sending out an S.O.S., but when she
arrived there were no bodies to be seen.
The British Consul at Bergen states that
the names of four saved are Donkey-
man Gough, Seaman Blant, Stokers
Aithins and Kiolissik, and a fifth un-
known. Two Norwegian pilots went down
with the Deptford.


Mike Craine
25th May 2007, 22:41
Many thanks for all the info on the loss of the Deptford.

26th May 2007, 16:44
Here is a picture of a model I made of the DARTFORD lying alongside a coal hulk. The three ships were the same & when built, they were all painted grey with white superstructure & black funnels. They belonged to Watts, Watts.