British Motorist

Northern Territory

British Motorist was a steam tanker laid down by Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson in England, and was launched in August 1924 for the British Tanker Company Ltd in London. While laid up at anchor in Darwin harbor loaded with petroleum and oil, she was attacked and hit by two bombs from Japanese airplanes and set on fire 19. February 1942 while she was re-fueling the American destroyer USS Peary. Two men from the crew lost their lives under the sinking. The bow and stern was salvaged by the Japanese company Fujita Salvage Company in 1959, but the mid section and her engines was left on site. The battered remains of her mid ship and engines rest today on a depth of approximately 10 meter south of Darwin.

Former names:
British Motorist

440,3 x 57,0 x33,1 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
6891 grt
Newcastle-Upon-Tyne ( UK ) 1924
London ( UK )

12°28'57.6"S 130°50'19.8"E

Picture: British Motorist after the attack in 1942
Courtesy of Australian War Memorial, Public domain

Last updated: December 2020