SS Albert C. Field

SS Albert C. Field was a Canadian cargo ship, sunk during World War II.

Name: Albert C. Field
  • Eastern Steamship Co. Ltd. (1923–1937)
  • Upper Lakes & St. Lawrence Transportation Co. Ltd. (1937–1944)
Builder: Furness Shipbuilding Company, Haverton Hill, England
Yard number: 44
Launched: 28 May 1923
Completed: June 1923
Homeport: St. Catharines, Ontario
Identification: Official number: 147767
Fate: Torpedoed and sunk, 18 June 1944
General characteristics [1]
Tonnage: 1,764 GRT
Length: 77.1 m (252 ft 11 in)
Beam: 13.2 m (43 ft 4 in)
Depth: 5.4 m (17 ft 9 in)
Propulsion: McColl & Pollock 111 hp (83 kW) 3-cylinder triple expansion steam engine
Speed: 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph)
Crew: 23

The ship was built by the Furness Shipbuilding Company of Haverton Hill, and launched on 28 May 1923. Her first owner was the Eastern Steamship Company of St. Catharines, Ontario. She was sold to the Upper Lakes & St. Lawrence Transportation Company, also of St. Catharines, in 1937.[1]

The ship was requisitioned by the British government during World War II. On 16 June 1944 Albert C. Field sailed from Penarth as part of Convoy EBC-14[2] bound for the Normandy beachhead. She was carrying 2,500 tons of munitions and 1,300 bags of mail. On 18 June, when 20 mi (32 km) south-west of The Needles, the convoy was attacked by German aircraft. The ship was hit by a torpedo and sank within three minutes. Four of the crew were killed.[3]

The hull is currently located 34 m (112 ft) below sea level on a gravel seabed at 50°28′24″N 01°45′35″W. The wreckage is badly damaged. The boilers are the highest point at 30 m (98 ft) below. There are several small pieces of exploded ammunition. The machinery is right aft and the bridge is right forward while everything in the middle was cargo space.[4]

See also


  1. "Albert C. Field 1923". 2008. Retrieved 26 October 2012.
  2. Hague, Arnold (2007). "Convoy database – EBC convoys". Retrieved 26 October 2012.
  3. "Albert C. Field". CERES's Underwater Research Center (in French). 2012. Retrieved 26 October 2012.
  4. "Wrecksite SS Albert C. Field". Retrieved 20 April 2018.
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