Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Kelmscott under her later name Queen Anne. Photo courtesy of Rick Cox Collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage7,039 tons
Completed1943 - J. Readhead & Sons Ltd, South Shields 
OwnerBowater´s Newfoundland Pulp & Paper Mills Ltd, Corner Brook 
HomeportCorner Brook 
Date of attack9 Feb 1944Nationality:      British
FateDamaged by U-845 (Werner Weber)
Position47° 31'N, 52° 23'W - Grid BB 6386
Complement61 (0 dead and 61 survivors).
RouteWabana (28 Jan) - London 
History Completed in July 1943.

1949 renamed Queen Anne for T. Dunlop & Sons, Glasgow. 1954 sold to Poland and renamed Marian Buszek for Polish Ocean Lines, Gdynia. In March 1968 broken up at Whampoa. 
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 boardWe have details of 3 people who were on board

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