British Freedom

Nova Scotia,Canada

Britsh Freedom was a tanker laid down by Palmer Shipbuilding & Iron Company in England, and was launched in 1928 for British Tanker Company in London. She served transporting oil and petroleum around the world until she after the outbreak of World War Two in September 1939 was chartered by the British Royalty, and armed as an escort tanker. Under a journey from Boston to Halifax in convoy BX 141 loaded with fuel, she was spotted and torpedoed by the German uboat U-1232 outside Nova Scotia 14. January 1945. She partly sank with her stern submerged, and was fully sunk with depth charges from a Canadian Navy vessel the following day. The battered wreck was found in June 1995 and rest today broken in two parts with her keel partly intact. The wreck rest about five nautical miles south of Halifax harbor on a depth of 48 to 64 meter.

Former names:
British Freedom

439,6 x 55,8 x 26,2 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
6985 grt
Hebburn-On-Tyne ( UK ) 1928
London ( UK )

44° 28' N 63° 28' W

Picture: British Freedom
Courtesy of Bibliothek für Zeitgeschichte, Stuttgart

Last updated: August 2016