British Steam merchant
|Completed||1925 - Greenock Dockyard Co Ltd, Greenock|
|Owner||Sir William Reardon Smith & Sons Ltd, Cardiff|
|Date of attack||17 May 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-156 (Werner Hartenstein)|
|Position||15° 15'N, 52° 27'W - Grid EE 6377|
|Complement||53 (1 dead and 52 survivors).|
|Route||New York (9 May) - Capetown - Basrah - Abadan|
|Cargo||9824 tons of government and general cargo|
|History||Completed in November 1925 for Barr, Crombie & Co Ltd, Glasgow. 1940 sold to Sir William Reardon Smith & Sons Ltd, Cardiff. |
|Notes on event|
At 21.04 hours on 17 May 1942 the unescorted Barrdale (Master Frank Jameson Stirling) was hit by one stern torpedo from U-156 and sank within 10 minutes about 500 miles east of Martinique. One gunner was lost. One of the survivors was rescued by the U-boat, questioned and then transferred to one of the lifeboats. The Germans collected ten tyres in the debris field as war trophy. The master, 44 crew members and seven gunners were picked up by the Argentinian motor passenger ship Rio Iguazu and landed at Pernambuco.
|On board||We have details of 2 people who were on board.|
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