William Dawes

New South Wales

William Dawas was a Libert ship laid down by Kaiser Shipbuilding Corporation in October 1941, and was launched one month later for the US Maritime Commission. Under a journey from San Fransisco to Brisbane loaded with vehicles and ammunition, she was spotted and torpedoed by the Japanese submarine I-11 outside Tathra 22. July 1942. She was put full ablaze and her stern section broke off and she disappeared in the deep soon after, claiming the lives of five men.  The wreck rest today outside Tathra Head about ten nautical miles from shore on a depth of 130 meter.

Former names:
William Dawes

134,6 x 17,3 x 11,4 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
7176 grt
Portland ( US ) 1941
Portland ( US )

Picture: Liberty ship Am-Mer-Mar
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Originally from skovheim.org

Last updated: March 2021