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.
|Other Names||Built as Java|
|Vessel Type||British tanker|
|Owner||United Molasses Co. / Athel Line|
|Length / Beam / Draft (feet)||471' / 62' /|
|Propulsion||Oil / Screw (Twin Props)|
|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|
|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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