Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Rick Cox Collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,149 tons
Completed1935 - R. & W. Hawthorn, Leslie & Co Ltd, Hebburn-on-Tyne 
OwnerB.J. Sutherland & Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
Date of attack23 Dec 1944Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-322 (Gerhard Wysk)
Position50° 23'N, 1° 43'W - Grid BF 31
Complement59 (0 dead and 59 survivors).
RouteBona, Algeria - Tyne 
Cargo8258 tons of iron ore 
History Completed in July 1935 
Notes on event

At 11.50 hours on 23 Dec 1944 the Dumfries (Master Robert Blackey) in convoy MKS-71 was torpedoed and sunk by U-322 south of St. Catherine┬┤s Point, Isle of Wight. The master and seven crew members were picked up by HMS Balsam (K 72) (LtCdr Sir J.H.S. Fayer, DSC, RNVR) and landed at Portsmouth. 41 crew members, eight gunners and two passengers were picked up by HMS Pearl (T 22) (T/Lt B.G. Barfoot, RNVR) and landed at Southampton.

Revisions January 2005 by Dr. Axel Niestl├ę:
The sinking of Dumfries was earlier attributed to U-772 (Rademacher), but the fate of this U-boat was revised after its wreck was discovered. The subsequent reassessment of the sinking of this ship indicates that the attacker probably was U-322
On boardWe have details of 1 people who were on board

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