British Steam merchant
|Completed||1912 - Sir W.G. Armstrong, Whitworth & Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne|
|Owner||Turnbull, Martin & Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||20 Aug 1944||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-861 (Jürgen Oesten)|
|Position||30.58S, 38.50E - Grid JA 1215|
|Complement||102 (8 dead and 94 survivors).|
|Route||Liverpool - Durban - Tamatave, Madagascar|
|Cargo||6000 tons of general cargo and a deck cargo of 70 tons of high octane motor spirit in drums|
|History||Completed in December 1912 as Clan Macarthur for The Clan Line Steamers Ltd, London. 1919 renamed Berwickshire for Turnbull, Martin & Co Ltd, London. |
|Notes on event|
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.
|On board||We have details of 10 people who were on board.|
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