9 new vessels & data on ships sunk around Bermuda in WWII up to 1943

 Per yesterday’s post, my margin of error was probably over 20%: While I was able to confirm that the survivors of the City of Birmingham were indeed landed in Bermuda (all 372 of them), I was also able to identify 9 new ships sunk to the North and East and Southeast of Bermuda in not only 1942 but 1943. Three of them – Melbourne Star (4), Jagersfontein (98 US military personnel and families), and St. Margaret (47) resulted in survivors being landed ashore in Bermuda, bringing the aggregate so far to over 1,160.

This new research adds over 70,000 GRT tons to the study, though some were over 1,000 miles away, they had a nexus to Bermuda inasmuch as either the survivors were navigating towards Bermuda or landed there. This all goes to show that history never sleeps, there are always new discoveries around the corner. I am very much looking forward to finding the original “Survivor Statements” at NARA in DC and posting them on the site, www.uboatsbermuda.com which is still in the works.

Vessel Name TONS FLAG Dist. to Gibbs Naut. Miles LAT LONG
Culebra 3,044 British 602 35.30N 53.25W
Melbourne Star 12,806 British 459 28.05N 57.30W
Pan Norway 9,231 Norwegian 750 35.56N 50.27W
DARINA 8,113 British 575 29.17N 54.25W
Norland 8,134 Norwegian 480 31.22N  55.47W
Polyphemus 6,269 Dutch 360 38.12N 63.22W
Athelknight 8,940 British 1,015 27.50N 46.00W
Jagersfontain 10,083 Dutch 525 31.56N 54.48W
St. Margaret 4,312 British 1,165 27.38N 43.23W
79 Vessels Incl. 2 Axis Subs 70,932
SUB # SUB SKIPPER DATE
U-123 Hardegen 25-Jan-1942
U-129 Witt 2-Apr-1943
U-123 Hardegen 27-Jan-1942
U-158 Rostin 20-May-1942
U-108 Scholtz 20-May-1942
U-578 Rehwinkel 27-May-1942
U-172 Emmermann 27-May-1942
U-107 Gelhaus 26-Jun-1942
U-66 Markworth 27-Feb-1943
SURVIVORS LANDED BDA
CREW KIA SURVIVED
45 45 0
119 115 4 4
41 0 41
56 6 50
48 0 48
80 15 65
52 9 43
220 0 220 98
50 3 47 47
711 193 518 149