British Steam merchant
|Completed||1943 - J. Readhead & Sons Ltd, South Shields|
|Owner||Bowater´s Newfoundland Pulp & Paper Mills Ltd, Corner Brook|
|Date of attack||9 Feb 1944||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Damaged by U-845 (Werner Weber)|
|Position||47.31N, 52.23W - Grid BB 6386|
|Complement||61 (0 dead and 61 survivors).|
|Route||Wabana (28 Jan) - London|
Completed in July 1943.
|Notes on event|
At 13.00 hours on 9 Feb, 1944, the Kelmscott in convoy HX-278 was torpedoed by U-845 about 12 miles east-southeast of St. John’s, Newfoundland. The ship developed a heavy list but was towed into St. John’s.
On 17 Aug, 1944, the Kelmscott left in tow for Baltimore after temporary repairs via Halifax and New York. On 24 August, the ship collided with the American Liberty ship William Leavitt off Atlantic City and had to be beached to prevent sinking after being flooded again. She was refloated within a few days, towed to Delaware breakwater and then to Baltimore, where the ship was reparied and returned to service in December 1944.
|On board||We have details of 3 people who were on board.|
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