Beacon Grange (II) 1938-1941

non descript
8th July 2009, 21:47
Beacon Grange = 1938 – 1941

Completed 1938 – Lost 26th April 1941
R. & W. Hawthorn, Leslie & Co Ltd, Hebburn-on-Tyne
Owner Houlder Brothers & Co Ltd, London
Tonnage 10,119 tons
Sunk by U-552 ( Erich Topp)
Position 62.05N, 16.20W - Grid AL 3236
Complement 84 (2 dead and 82 survivors).
Route Tyne - Loch Ewe - Buenos Aires in ballast

Notes on loss: “At 16.12 hours on 27 Apr, 1941, the unescorted Beacon Grange (Master Alfred Byford Friend) was torpedoed and sunk by U-552 south of Iceland. Two crew members were lost. The master, 73 crew members and eight gunners were picked up by the Belgian trawler Edouvard Anseele, transferred to HMS Gladiolus (K 34) (LtCdr H.M.C. Sanders, DSC, RNR) and landed at Londonderry.”

As the vessel deserved her own thread, the various posting have been gathered up and moved here, together with a starting post giving a tiny bit about her background, and all too short life.

batchenalia
9th July 2009, 01:15
Sorry Im new to this site but my father was on the beacon grange when it was torpedoed off Faroe Island April 1941- not sure how same ship can be sunk in two areas at same time or where there two? This was the Houlder Brothers ship see this link
http://www.uboat.net/allies/merchants/887.html
Im trying to find what ships my father was on- or more specifically their lines.

KenLin39
9th July 2009, 02:16
Sorry Im new to this site but my father was on the beacon grange when it was torpedoed off Faroe Island April 1941- not sure how same ship can be sunk in two areas at same time or where there two? This was the Houlder Brothers ship see this link
http://www.uboat.net/allies/merchants/887.html
Im trying to find what ships my father was on- or more specifically their lines.

Hi Batchenalia. Miramar index states that the Beacon Grange of 1938 was sunk by U-552 on 27-April-1941. Miramar also states that the 1898 Beacon Grange was the one wrecked at Banco Oliver, Rio Galagos on the 6-Sept-1921. Ken

non descript
9th July 2009, 12:39
Batchenalia, firstly on the occasion of your first posting, may I extend a warm welcome to the SN Site. Enjoy what you find here and we look forward to you postings.

In respect of Beacon Grange, she was the second ship to bear the name. Completed 1938 – Lost 26th April 1941, and the link you kindly provided is very worthwhile. There are some extra reports, contained in the book “Sea Hazard” and you may find these interesting (please see the attachments) - the first two are about the incident in August 1940, the last three reports refer to the time when your father was onboard, in April 1941

As the thread onto which you posted was in fact Beacon Grange (I) we will take the liberty of starting a fresh thread for this vessel, Beacon Grange (II)


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non descript
9th July 2009, 12:41
Having successful moved the posts, it is useful to add a small thumbnail of the ship.

Welsh Dragon
9th July 2009, 21:18
Small world my Neighbours father was on U552 think his name was Hoist or Hiest Jordon. she had a plaque of the U Boat creast and a picture. Don't know what happened to him.

donald h
9th July 2009, 22:38
Hi Welsh Dragon,
If you google ubootwaffe.net, and search for U552, you will get a very in depth log of this U-boat`s history. There is also the facility to do a crew name search where you will also find machinists-mate Horst Jordon mentioned.
regards, Donald

Hugh MacLean
9th July 2009, 22:49
Im trying to find what ships my father was on- or more specifically their lines.

Hello and welcome,
If you wish to supply your father's name, date and place of birth we will try and point you to his records.
Regards

marinero
10th July 2009, 11:44
Hi Welsh Dragon,
If you google ubootwaffe.net, and search for U552, you will get a very in depth log of this U-boat`s history. There is also the facility to do a crew name search where you will also find machinists-mate Horst Jordon mentioned.
regards, Donald

Well done Donald.
The help and advice people are prepared to give on here is truly amazing.
Regards (Thumb)

Kevin Campbell
20th August 2009, 20:56
I was at the Imperial War Museum in Lambeth Road South London this week and there was a merchant navy section there. Beacon Grange was sunk during WW2 and there were two survivors who were in an open boat and were eventually picked up by the RN. I cannort remember all the details but there is a letter from one of the survivors sent before the incident.
If you are in London and interested it is on the first floor.

non descript
20th August 2009, 21:10
I was at the Imperial War Museum in Lambeth Road South London this week and there was a merchant navy section there. Beacon Grange was sunk during WW2 and there were two survivors who were in an open boat and were eventually picked up by the RN. I cannort remember all the details but there is a letter from one of the survivors sent before the incident.
If you are in London and interested it is on the first floor.

Thanks Kevin; we have moved your post to this Beacon Grange, as the other one which you had used was 1921

ALAN TYLER
23rd August 2009, 10:57
This is the crew list taken from " Sea Hazard"
Master A B Friend, C/O E J Lougheed 1/O C Feaver, 2/O J G Freeman,
3/O C G Wells, C/E R J Blackman, 2/E B O Pattison, 3/E J E Woods, 3/E S G Hoare, 4/E W B Greensitt, 5/E G Holzman, 6/E G Coatsworth, Ass/eng G Collins, Ass/eng T Mc Lellan, Ass/eng J R Arundel, Ass/eng O F Roling, Ch Ref Eng G Gentry, 2nd Ref eng W H Lake, 3rd Ref eng D D Kelf, Ch/Stwd A W Wiltshire and Apps J M Batchen M Champneys J K Thornton.
Unfortunately none of the lower ranks mentioned apart from an A.B. Yesheskell Yarhovsky

duquesa
23rd August 2009, 11:37
Interesting to see two future long serving Masters in that list. Lougheed & Wells. Served under both of them.

wellsent
27th January 2014, 19:20
Beacon Grange = 1938 – 1941

Completed 1938 – Lost 26th April 1941
R. & W. Hawthorn, Leslie & Co Ltd, Hebburn-on-Tyne
Owner Houlder Brothers & Co Ltd, London
Tonnage 10,119 tons
Sunk by U-552 ( Erich Topp)
Position 62.05N, 16.20W - Grid AL 3236
Complement 84 (2 dead and 82 survivors).
Route Tyne - Loch Ewe - Buenos Aires in ballast

Notes on loss: “At 16.12 hours on 27 Apr, 1941, the unescorted Beacon Grange (Master Alfred Byford Friend) was torpedoed and sunk by U-552 south of Iceland. Two crew members were lost. The master, 73 crew members and eight gunners were picked up by the Belgian trawler Edouvard Anseele, transferred to HMS Gladiolus (K 34) (LtCdr H.M.C. Sanders, DSC, RNR) and landed at Londonderry.”

As the vessel deserved her own thread, the various posting have been gathered up and moved here, together with a starting post giving a tiny bit about her background, and all too short life.


Interesting to see this. My father in law, Charlie Wells, was 3rd Officer on her from 16/4/41 until her sinking on 27th. His Discharge Certificate shows he was discharged "At sea"!
He was then 2nd Officer on Imperial Transport from June 41 until Mar 43 and was aboard when she was torpedoed in March 1942, so quite an eventful year for him!
He carried on with Houlders until his retirement in about 1971.
Mary Wells

batchenalia
15th March 2014, 23:44
Interesting to see this. My father in law, Charlie Wells, was 3rd Officer on her from 16/4/41 until her sinking on 27th. His Discharge Certificate shows he was discharged "At sea"!
He was then 2nd Officer on Imperial Transport from June 41 until Mar 43 and was aboard when she was torpedoed in March 1942, so quite an eventful year for him!
He carried on with Houlders until his retirement in about 1971.
Mary Wells

Hi everyone I originally posted this information in 2005 but since then have a lot more information now. My father was indeed J M Batchen apprentice on this ship when it was torpedoed. Many sites say that the survivors were picked up by the Edourd Astlee Belgian trawler and transferred to the HMS Gladiolus and taken to Londonderry however this is incorrect. There were two life boat one with the Capt ( Friend) in it and one with my father in it. The Capts lifeboat was picked up very shortly afterwards by the HMS Gladiolus abut the other lifeboat drifted for 7 days and then was picked up by the Belgian trawler and taken to Fleetwood near Liverpool. Unfortunately many site are just cut and pasting the incorrect information and sharing it but its not quite right. Thank you for maintaining this site. My father survived the war and went on to be Capt John McKenzie Batchen and passed away in 1990 in New Zealand

batchenalia
15th March 2014, 23:45
Sorry Im new to this site but my father was on the beacon grange when it was torpedoed off Faroe Island April 1941- not sure how same ship can be sunk in two areas at same time or where there two? This was the Houlder Brothers ship see this link
http://www.uboat.net/allies/merchants/887.html
Im trying to find what ships my father was on- or more specifically their lines.

I originally asked this back in 2005- since then I have all my fathers records. Thank you

batchenalia
15th March 2014, 23:46
Hi Batchenalia. Miramar index states that the Beacon Grange of 1938 was sunk by U-552 on 27-April-1941. Miramar also states that the 1898 Beacon Grange was the one wrecked at Banco Oliver, Rio Galagos on the 6-Sept-1921. Ken

Thank you for the explanation. :)

wellsent
16th March 2014, 12:36
Hi everyone I originally posted this information in 2005 but since then have a lot more information now. My father was indeed J M Batchen apprentice on this ship when it was torpedoed. Many sites say that the survivors were picked up by the Edourd Astlee Belgian trawler and transferred to the HMS Gladiolus and taken to Londonderry however this is incorrect. There were two life boat one with the Capt ( Friend) in it and one with my father in it. The Capts lifeboat was picked up very shortly afterwards by the HMS Gladiolus abut the other lifeboat drifted for 7 days and then was picked up by the Belgian trawler and taken to Fleetwood near Liverpool. Unfortunately many site are just cut and pasting the incorrect information and sharing it but its not quite right. Thank you for maintaining this site. My father survived the war and went on to be Capt John McKenzie Batchen and passed away in 1990 in New Zealand

Hi Batchenalia!
I don't know if you have come across a wonderful little book entitled 'Sea Hazard 1939-1945' published by Houlder Bros in about 1946 "for private circulation". It reports every attack and loss of their ships during the war. Every crew member and casualty is listed, together with a detailed account of the incidents. I managed to track down a copy and it is absolutely fascinating.