Iron Knight

New South Wales

Iron Knight was a cargo steamer built by Lithgows Ltd in Port Glasgow, and was launched in 1937 for Broken Hill Proprietary Company in Australia. Adter the outbreak of World War Two, she was outfitted with a stern gun for defensive measures. Under a journey from Whyalla to Newcastle in a convoy loaded with iron ore, she was torpedoed late at night by the Japanese submarine I-21 under command of Matsumura Kanji outside Bermagui 8. Februay 1943. She disappeared in the deep within two minutes, and 36 men from the crew lost their lives in the sinking. The wreck was found by technical divers in 2006 and rest today on a depth of 125 meter.


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Iron Knight

404,5 x 56,2 x 23,2 f
     
Tons: Built: Home Port:
4812 grt
Port Glasgow ( UK ) 1937
Melbourne ( AU )

36°30'36.0"S 150°22'48.0"E

Picture: Iron Knight at sea
Courtesy of
Australian War Memorial, P00444-184
 
Last updated: December 2020