british Blue Star Line Ltd. (Carlisle & Co.) MV Canadian Star (+1943)
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion motor vessel (diesel)
date built 1939
weight (tons) 8293  grt
dimensions 141.4 x 18.4 x 11 m
engine 6cyl diesel engine
power 1236  n.h.p.
speed 14  knots
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cause lost torpedo
date lost 18/03/1943  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.39rank: 606
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Burmeister & Wain's Maskin & Skibsbyggeri - B&W, Copenhagen (København)
Blue Star Line Ltd. (Carlisle & Co.), London
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entered 18/03/2008
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Claes Johnny18/03/2008
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Lettens Jan10/08/2014CONVOY HX-229, March 1943

March 16th

German submarines attack convoy HX-229 as it proceeds toward the British Isles; U-758 torpedoes James Oglethorpe. Survivors are rescued by corvette HMS Pennywort. U-435 torpedoes William Eustis. Destroyer HMS Volunteer rescues the entire crew. Both ships, however remain afloat.

March 17th

U-91 torpedoes James Oglethorpe and William Eustis. Lost with the former are the 31 men who had remained on board. U-91 torpedoes and sinks Harry Luckenbach. Corvette HMS Pennywort sights the survivors but, already crammed with survivors from other ships is unable to help and 80 people are lost. U-600 torpedoes and sinks freighter Irenee Du Pont with the loss of 13 people. Dutch merchantman Tekoa and destroyer HMCS Mansfield rescue survivors. Corvette HMS Anemone fails to scuttle Irenee Du Pont, leaving U-91 to finish it off.

March 18th

Destroyer Babbitt (DD-128) and CGC Ingham reinforce the convoy. U-221 torpedoes Walter Q. Gresham. Corvettes HMS Pennywort and Anemone rescue 42 survivors.

March 19th

Mathew Luckenbach departs convoy HX-229, believing her chances of surviving are greater, but U-527 torpedoes her. Ingham rescues all. U-523 finally sinks Mathew Luckenbach. German U-boats break off operations.
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 Cressman R. J., Official Chronology of the U.S. Navy in WWII

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Claes Johnny18/03/2008At 16.43 hours on 18 Mar, 1943, U-221 hit the Walter Q. Gresham in station #21 of the convoy HX-229 with a stern shot and sank her southeast of Cape Farewell. At 16.49 hours, one FAT and two standard torpedoes were fired. The FAT missed and detonated at the end of its run, while the other two struck the Canadian Star in station #23, which sank in 15 minutes. The master, 22 crew members, 2 gunners and nine passengers from the Canadian Star (Master Robert David Miller) were lost.

33 crew members, 6 gunners and 15 passengers were picked up by the HMS Anemone (K 48) (LtCdr P.G.A. King) and HMS Pennywort (K 111) (Lt O.G. Stuart) and landed at Gourock. Master Robert David Miller was posthumously awarded the Lloyd´s War Medal for bravery at sea.
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