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Contents
  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Basic Data
  • 3 Career Highlights
  • 4 Service Pre-War
  • 5 Participation in WW2 Convoys
  • 6 External resources
  • 7 Images
  • 8 Contributors
Introduction[edit]

Ainderby was a cargo ship build in 1925 and sunk in 1941 during WW2

Basic Data[edit]
  • Type: Cargo ship
  • Registered owners,managers and operators: Ropner Shipping Co. Ltd
  • Builders: Wm. Gray & Co.
  • Yard: West Hartlepool
  • Country: UK
  • Yard number: 973
  • Registry: N/K
  • Official number: 139237
  • Signal letters: N/K
  • Call sign: N/K
  • Classification society: N/K
  • Gross tonnage: 4,860 grt
  • Net tonnage: N/K
  • Deadweight: N/K
  • Length: 118.9 m
  • Breadth: 16.8 m
  • Depth: N/K
  • Draught: N/K
  • Engines: Single triple expansion steam engine
  • Engine builders: N/K
  • Works: N/K
  • Country: N/K
  • Power: N/K
  • Propulsion: N/K
  • Speed: 10 knots
  • Boilers: N/K
  • Cargo capacity:N/K
  • Crew: N/K

Career Highlights[edit]
  • 8 June 1925: Launched by Wm Gray and Co
  • July 1925: Completed
  • 10 June 1941: Sunk

Service Pre-War[edit]

No information is currently available

Participation in WW2 Convoys[edit]

The data in the following table has been extracted from External Resource #1.

A key to the routes for these convoys can be found on this page: World War 2 Convoy Names

Ainderby took part in 11 convoys in all. No information has come to light about damage during this period.



List of Convoys

Convoy No.RouteConvoy No.Route
OA.27Oct 1939: Southend - DispersedSL/MKS.19FFeb 1940: Freetown - Liverpool
FS.126Mar 1940: Tyne - SouthendFN.117Mar 1940: Southend - Methil
OA.116Mar 1940: Southend - Dispersed 47.15N 15.38WFS.26Oct 1939: Methil - Southend
HX.39Apr 1940: Halifax - LiverpoolOB.162Jun 1940: Liverpool - Dispersed
OB.178Jul 1940: Liverpool - DispersedSL/MKS.51SOct 1940: Freetown - Liverpool
OB.268Jan 1941: Liverpool - Dispersed

Ainderby was torpedoed and sunk by U-552 130 miles off Bloody Foreland on the 10th June 1941 while sailing independently from Santos to the Tyne with a cargo of iron ore. 11 crew and 1 DEMS gunner were killed. The Captain, 27 crew and 1 gunner were rescued by the destroyer HMS VETERAN and landed at Greenock

U552 appears to have been one of the most succesful U-boats - further details about it are at External Resource #2

External resources[edit]
  1. Miramar Ship Index: Miramar Ship Index
  2. Ubootwaffe Website: Ubootwaffe.net
Images[edit]
  1. From the Allen Collection The Allen Collection

Contributors[edit]
  1. Basic information by Billy McGee
  2. Additional information and layout of entry by Benjidog
 
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