King Edgar (2)

Date of attack

2 Mar 1945  

Fate

Sunk by U-1302 (Wolfgang Herwartz)

Position 52.05N, 05.42W - Grid AM 9495

Complement

46 (4 dead and 42 survivors).

Convoy

SC-167

Official Number

Ship Builder

Engine Builder

Engine Type


149947


Harland & Wolff

Belfast


Harland & Wolff

Belfast


Diesel 6 Cyl

Single Acting

HP


1850 IHP

Screws


1

Torpedoed and Sunk in The St Georges Channel - 1945

King Edgar

Left  Victoria (BC)

For  London via Panama, Halifax & Swansea

Lost  2 March 1945

Fate

Master

A W Wheeler

Survived

Senior Ordinary Seaman

R A Ogden

Lost

Greaser

W Taylor

Lost

Route

Victoria, British Columbia - Panama - Halifax - Swansea - London

Cargo

1667 standards of lumber, 2038 tons of plywood and 500 tons of lead and zinc

Notes on loss  

At 18.12 hours on 2 Mar, 1945, U-1302 attacked the convoy SC-167 in the St. George´s Channel and sank the King Edgar and Novasli. The U-boat could not report her attack, because she was lost five days later.

The King Edgar (Master Arthur Warren Wheeler) was taken in tow, but sank later.

Two crew members and two gunners were lost.

The master, 32 crew members and nine gunners were picked up by HMS Nyasaland (K 587) (LtCdr J. Scott, RNVR) and landed at Milford Haven.

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