|Owner:||R Chapman & Son|
|Port of registry:||Newcastle upon Tyne|
|Builder:||Richardson, Duck & Co Ltd, Stockton on Tees|
|Class & type:||Cargo ship|
|Tonnage:||5,250 gross register tons (GRT)
|Length:||414 ft 5 in (126.31 m)|
|Beam:||52 ft 4 in (15.95 m)|
|Depth:||28 ft 4 in (8.64 m)|
|Installed power:||1 x Triple expansion steam engine, 397 hp (296 kW)|
|Speed:||11 knots (20 km/h)|
Registered to owners R. Chapman & Son, Newcastle upon Tyne, Great Britain, the SS Tiberton was launched in 1920 and served in Great Britain's Merchant Navy through the 1920s and '30s. Operating from her homeport of Newcastle, she sailed to numerous countries including Chile, Australia and Norway.
It is believed that (whilst transporting her cargo of iron ore to Middlesbrough (or Immingham, Humberside) Great Britain from Narvik, Norway) the SS Tiberton was struck by a single torpedo from German submarine U-23 under the command of Otto Kretschmer sinking "without trace".
The SS Tiberton was not sailing in convoy, nor was she well protected when U-23 (on her eighth sailing and active patrol in the North Sea) launched the G7e torpedo that caused her to sink at 04:05hrs (CET) on 19 February 1940. All 33 of her crew were killed.
On 10 April 1940 the SS Tiberton was officially registered with Lloyd's as Missing / Untraced and a Joint Arbitration Committee considered her a "war loss". The crew were commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial in London (Panel 108).
Location of Sinking
There are several estimations of the location of her sinking in the North Sea.
- 4. German Naval Grid Reference AN 1634
- SS Tiberton Details (and many other ship details)
- SS Tiberton Photographs (and many other ship photographs)
- SS Tiberton details from German perspective
- SS Tiberton photos and details
- Notice announcing SS Tibertons presumed sinking
- UK Shipbuilding Yards
- U Boat Histories
- U23 Details