MV Lucille M sunk in Gulf of Maine by U-89/Lohmann July 25, 1942

The Lucille M. was a Canadian schooner of the “bluenose” type built in Mateghan, Digby County, Nova Scotia in 1918 and owned by Frederick W. Sutherland et. al. of Lockeport (or Yarmouth), NS (more likely by the Swim Brothers of Lockeport, NS). She was 75 feet long, 17.5 feet wide and had a draft of 9 […]

SS Margot, sunk by U-588/Vogel, men given uncorked rum bottles on a string, rescued

U-Boats New England: Margot SS Margot. Source: The Allen Collection, c/o http://www.uboat.net/allies/merchants/ships/1697.html The British steam ship Margot of 4,545 gross registered tons was built by Lithgows, Limited of Glasgow in December, 1926. Her owners in 1942 were Kaye, Son and Company Ltd. of London. During World War II she only sailed from New York Harbor […]

FV Lark, Boston fishing schooner, shelled by U-107/Simmermacher 13 July 1944 off NS Canada, all survived

U-Boats New England: Lark The fishing schooner Lark in Boston Harbor following its attack, which made national news. Source: Author’s collection.               The fishing schooner Lark was built in 1922 in Newcastle, Maine. It was 148 tons and owned by F. J. O’Hara Brothers Company of Boston, Massachusetts. This was a famous family with a dynasty […]

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 […]