Shipwrecks of Nova Scotia


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Wreck Chart #2
Halifax and Approaches

(Jason Kennedy collection)

The table below provides historical and statistical data on the vessel. Some of the information may be incomplete. If you have additions or corrections, please e-mail us at the address listed below.

Shipwreck Data

Vessel Name Athelviking
Other Names Built as Java
Vessel Type British tanker
Owner United Molasses Co. / Athel Line
Length / Beam / Draft (feet) 471' / 62' / 
Tonnage 8,779 GT
Hull Construction Steel
Propulsion Oil / Screw (Twin Props)
Cargo Molasses
Built 1926 at Haverton Hill, UK (Furness Shipbuilding Co.)
Date of Loss January 14, 1945
Reason for Loss Torpedoed by German submarine U-1232
Fatalities 4 (47 survivors)
Last Trip Fort Lauderdale to Halifax via Boston
Wreck Location Off Halifax, 4 miles S of Sambro Island
Coordinates (Lat/Lon) 44-21-54N / 063-35-57W (per Barron)
Coordinates (Loran C)  
Water Depth (feet) 300'
Typical Visibility (feet)  
Wreck Condition Upright and fairly intact - in 2 sections
Diving Considerations  
Other Information The British tanker British Freedom and the American freighter Martin Van Buren were also torpedoed and sunk by the U-1232 on the same day. All three ships were part of a convoy that was being assembled.
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