Ships hit by U-boats

King Edgar

British Motor merchant

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NameKing Edgar
Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage4,536 tons
Completed1927 - Harland & Wolff Ltd, Belfast 
OwnerDodd, Thomson & Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack2 Mar 1945Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-1302 (Wolfgang Herwartz)
Position52° 05'N, 5° 42'W - Grid AM 9495
Complement46 (4 dead and 42 survivors).
RouteVictoria, British Columbia - Panama - Halifax - Swansea - London 
Cargo1667 standards of lumber, 2038 tons of plywood and 500 tons of lead and zinc 
History Completed in November 1927 
Notes on event

At 18.12 hours on 2 March 1945, U-1302 attacked convoy SC-167 in the St. GeorgeĀ“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.

On boardWe have details of 6 people who were on board

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