British Motor merchant
|Completed||1924 - Harland & Wolff Ltd, Govan, Glasgow|
|Owner||Andrew Weir & Co, London|
|Date of attack||21 Apr 1940||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-26 (Heinz Scheringer)|
|Position||62° 49'N, 4° 10'E - Grid AF 8274|
|Complement||45 (15 dead and 30 survivors).|
|Route||Leith - Aandalsnes, Norway|
|Cargo||400 tons of military stores, ammunition and vehicles|
|History||Completed in October 1924 |
|Notes on event|
At 07.49 hours on 21 April 1940 the Cedarbank (Master William James Calderwood), in the supply convoy AP-1 (three transports and two destroyers) for the Allied landings in Norway, was hit aft by a stern torpedo from U-26 and sank by the stern northwest of Bergen. 14 crew members and one gunner were lost. The master and 29 crew members were picked up by HMS Javelin (F 61) (Cdr A.F. Pugsley, RN) and landed at Aalesund.
The Cedarbank was the only Allied transport lost to U-boats during the Norway operations in April 1940. The ship was carrying supplies for the 148th Brigade, which lost many motor transports, half of the AA guns, much of the urgently needed ammunition and 75 tons of rations with the ship.
|On board||We have details of 17 people who were on board.|
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