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SHIPS SUNK ENGLAND 237 - G H I

6)GRACEFIELD (RAIDER THOR)




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Built: 1928


Tonnage:  4,631 / 8,250 tons


Cargo: 7,430 tons of Wheat and Bran


Route: Montevideo – Freetown – London


Sunk by Raider Thor on 14/07/40 by Raider Thor on pos 13º 00”S 31º 00”W


0 Dead


36 Survivors taken as POW


Stopped off  Trinidad on July 14, this 4,630-ton British freighter carrying 7,430 tons of wheat and bran from Montevideo to Freetown and London, was sunk by gunfire after only one of the two torpedoes fired managed to hit the target, and her crew of 36 were all brought on board Thor.


As the oncoming darkness hindered their transfer to the raider and delayed the delivery of the scuttling charges, Kähler was becoming anxious about attracting attention by setting off a ‘fireworks display’ in a busy sea-lane, and decided to use a torpedo to sink her.


After the first torpedo struck the Gracefield but did not sink her, and the second one went wildly off course and missed completely, circling around the ship, she had to be sunk by gunfire.


By www.bismarck-class.dk/hilfskreuzer


 

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