SS Liverpool Packet sunk by U-432 under Heinz-Otto Schultze off Cape Sable NS 30 May 1942, 19 survived

U-Boats New England: Liverpool Packet SS Liverpool Packet under her previous name, Sonia, owned by Warren, F. K. – hence the W. prominently displayed on the stack. Source: http://www.uboat.net/allies/merchants/ships/1724.html The steam cargo ship Liverpool Packet was built in 1926 as the Norwegian ship Nidarnes by the Swan, Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. shipyard in Wallsend, […]

SS Herftford of UK sunk by German sub U-571 off New England 29 March 1942 en route from Australia, 4 died

U-Boats New England: Hertford               The steamship Hertford was launched in 1917 in Germany as a general cargo ship of 10,923 gross tons. Her builder was Bremer Vulkan of Vegesack and her launched name was Rheinland, however due to the exigencies of World War I she was not completed for the Hamburg-Amerika Linie (Hapag) […]

Database of over 200 mailboats in Bahamas 1800s to present

FINAL NAME TYPE: PAST NAME/S STRICTLY MAIL YEAR BUILT WHERE BUILT BY WHOM BUILT: YARD / DESIGNER / ISLAND TONS (GT gross ton, GRT gross registered ton, NT net ton, SDWT summer dead wt tons DWT Dead  Construction LOA/FEET BEAM/FEET DRAFT/FEET PROPULSION/RIG HORSEPOWER SPEED (Knots) FLAG / PORT OF REGISTERY BAHAMAS OWNERS  PREVIOUS OWNERS: NAME […]

Schooner Yacht ALICADA, Jack Lightbourn 1920s-c.1940 unknown whether became a mailboat

Schooner Yacht ALICADA, owned by Jack Farrington of Nassau in the 1920’s.Both photos courtesy of Nassau historian Ron Lightbourn, with thanks. NOTE: Very little is known about this beautiful schooner. Almost certainly she was built for the fishing trade, despite the two large houses on deck. Can anyone share further information? We are not sure […]

SS Fort Qu’Appelle rescued 24, maiden voyage, sunk U-135/Praetorius 17 May 1942, 34 men rescued Canada, 13 KIA

U-Boats New England: Fort Qu’Appelle   Smiling survivors of Fort Qu’Appelle, with much to be grateful for, aboard HMCS Melville on 20 May 1942 after they had been sunk with the loss of 13 crewmates on a maiden voyage.   Source: uboat.net/allies/warships/ship/2684.html               The British steamship Fort Qu’Appelle was built in the North Sands […]

SS Fort Binger torpedoed, damaged by U-588/Vogel 17 May 1942,Free French crew tried to ram, fought sub off

U-Boats New England: Fort Binger     Free French flag, Source: revolvy.com/main/index               The steam ship Fort Binger was ordered in July of 1917 and delivered by shipyard Craig, Taylor and Company Limited of Stockton-on-Tees, UK in June 1919. In 1942 at the time of this attack she was owned by William Thompson and […]

HMCS Cornwallis sunk off Mt. Desert Maine in Dec 1944 by U1230/Hilbig; 43 perished

U-Boats New England: Cornwallis     SS Cornwallis under her previous name of Canadian Transporter. Source: State Library of New South Wales, Australia. uboat.net/allies/merchants/ships/3382.html             The Cornwallis was a steam ship of 5,458 gross tons which was the 20th ship built by J. Coughlan and Sons of Vancouver, BC. Originally from launch in 1921 her […]

SS Cherokee under Twiggs E. Brown sunk by U-87/Berger on 15 June 1942 off Cape Cod, loss of 86 lives.

U-Boats New England: Cherokee   SS Cherokee, showing the side where two torpedoes from U-87 struck her in June, 1941. Courtesy of the Rich Turnwald collection, Source: uboat.net/allies/merchants/ships/1818.html             The loss of the steamship Cherokee in convoy off Cape Cod is remarkable as the casualty with the most deaths of any loss in New England […]

SS Black Point sunk Point Judith RI last week of WWII vs. Germans by U-853 off Point Judith, Rhode Island May 5, 1945

U-Boats New England: Black Point   SS Black Point as the Fairmont, from the US Navy Historical Center Photograph #NH70454. Source: http://www.uboat.net/allies/merchants/ships/3509.html               The coal carrying steam ship Black Point was built at the New York Ship Building Corporation of Camden NJ in 1918 as the Fairmont for Coastwise Transportation Incorporated of Boston. The […]

MV Berganger, sunk by U-578/Rehwinkel 2 June 1942 SE of Block Island, 42 men 1 girl rescued various boats

U-Boats New England: Berganger     Source: http://warsailors.com/singleships/berganger.htmland Bjørn Milde’s postcard collection.               The Norwegian cargo ship Berganger was ordered in February 1931 for Westfal-Larsen and Company A/S of Bergen, Norway. She was built by the Netherlands Dock and Ship Building Company, or Nederlandsche Dok & Scheepsbouw Mij V o F in Amsterdam and […]