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° 58'S, 38° 50'E - 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 August 1944 the Berwickshire (Master James McCrone) in convoy DN-68 was torpedoed and sunk by U-861 about 400 miles east-southeast of Durban. Eight crew members were lost. The master, 82 crew members and eleven gunners were picked up by HMS Norwich City (FY 229) (T/Lt R.A. Groom, RNVR) and landed at Durban.
|On board||We have details of 10 people who were on board.|
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