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Inverarder - (1920-1942)
"Inverarder", build as "War Hagara", in 1919.
Inverarder - 1920
Completed : 7.1919, Gross tons : 5,578
Built by Sir James Laing & Sons Ltd., Sunderland, For the Shipping Controller as War Hagara.
Measurements: 412 feet (oa)/400 feet length X 52 feet breadth. 8,400 tdw. Engines: T3 cyl.
16.2.1920: Purchased by British Mexican Petroleum Co., renamed Inverarder.
20.6.1941: Bombed and damaged off Isie of Wight. Beached.
24.6.1941: Refloated, towed to Southampton. Repaired.
24.04.1942: Sunk by submarine (U.558) torpedo in North Atlantic, 44.34N 42.37W while on Admiralty service.
Convoy ONS 67 (United Kingdom-Halifax, Nova Scotia).
The Inverarder was a "Z"-class standard ship of which forty were ordered by the Shipping Controller during the 1914-18 war.
Only six had been completed at the time of Armistice.
The Miramar Ship Index for "WAR HAGARA"
Torpedoed and sunk by U 558, 44.34 N / 42.37 W on 24.02.1942.
Additional Info by Starke & Schell Registers :
WAR HAGARA - 1919 BR 1T (11)
5,578 GRT for The Shipping Controller (A. Weir & Co., mgrs.), London 400.0 x 52.4
Tanker build by Sir J. Laing & Sons, Ltd., Sunderland (7) #676 143371
1920 - INVERARDER British Mexican Petroleum Co., Ltd. (A. Weir & Co.), London
1930 - mgrs. deleted from listing
Torpedoed and sunk by U 558, 24 Feb 1942, in 44.34N-42.37W, voyage Londonderry - Trinidad, in ballast.
Additional Information from U-Boatnet :
Type: Steam tanker
Tonnage: 5.578 tons
Completed: 1919 - Sir James Laing & Sons Ltd, Sunderland
Owner: British Mexican Petroleum Co, London
Date of attack: 24 Feb, 1942
Fate: Sunk by U-558 (Günther Krech)
Position: 44.34N, 42.37W - Grid BC 9446
- See location on a map -
Complement: 42 (0 dead and 42 survivors).
Route:Londonderry - Halifax - Trinidad
History: Completed July 1919 as War Hagara for Shipping Controller, managed by A. Weir & Co.
1920 renamed Inverarder for British Mexican Petroleum Co, London.
Notes on loss:
At 04.28 hours on 24 Feb, 1942, U-558 fired a spread of two torpedoes at the convoy ONS-67 southeast of
St.Johns and observed two hits on the Inverarder (Master Albert George Robins), which sank by the bow
after 15 minutes. The master, 33 crew members and eight gunners were picked up by the British merchant
Empire Flame, transferred to the rescue ship Toward (Master Arthur James Knell MBE DSC) and
landed at Halifax on 1 March.