Re: Alan-a-dale, sunk by Biber
Posted by: Rainer Kolbicz
Date: October 24, 2001 01:24PM
The Panamanian motor merchant ALAN-A-DALE (4702 BRT) was torpedoed and sunk on 23.12.44 by a Biber midget in the Schelde estuary (51°21'N,03°47'E). She was en route from New York to Antwerp with a load of goverment stores. All 42 crewmen and 23 armed guards on board survived.
She was 1938 completed as Danish NORDVEST by Nakskov Skibsværft A/S, Nakskov for D/S Norden A/S (Brown Jun. & Co), Copenhagen.
In July 1942 she was taken over by the US Maritime Commission, put under Panamanian flag and was renamed ALAN-A-DALE.
There is a picture of her as NORDVEST in Jordan's book "The World's merchant fleets 1939" on page 12.
Hope this helps