Berwickshire

Date of attack

20 Aug 1944

Fate

Sunk by U-861 (Jürgen Oesten)

Position 30.58S, 38.50E - Grid JA 1215

Complement

102 (8 dead and 94 survivors).

Convoy

DN-68

Route

Liverpool - Durban - Tamatave, Madagascar

Vessel

Built

Years in Service

Tonnage


Berwickshire


1912

ex- Clan MacArthur (2),

1920 transferred from Clan Line renamed Berwickshire,

1944 torpedoed and sunk in Indian Ocean.


7382

Torpedoed and Sunk in The Indian Ocean - 1944

Berwickshire

Left Liverpool

For Tamatave via Durban

Lost 20 August 1944

Fate

Master

J McCrone

Survived

Second Officer

T H Gillies

Lost

Apprentice

T M Atkinson

Lost

Radio Officer

W Spencer

Lost

Chief Engineer

H W Spottiswood

Survived

Third Engineer

R Brown

Lost

Fourth Engineer

J W Morrice

Lost

Chief Frig Engineer

W A Harrow

Lost

Second Frig Engineer

G E Paterson

Lost

Cargo

6000 tons of general cargo and a deck cargo of 70 tons of high octane motor spirit in drums

Notes on loss  

At 00.38 hours on 20 Aug, 1944, the Berwickshire (Master James McCrone) in convoy DN-68 was torpedoed and sunk by U-861 about 400 miles east-southeast of Durban.

Seven crew members and one gunner were lost. The master, 83 crew members and ten gunners were picked up by HMS Norwich City (FY 229) (Lt R.A. Groom) and landed at Durban.

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