MV B. P. Newton (1940)

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History
Norway
Name: B. P. Newton
Owner: Skibs-A/S Navalis
Operator: Tschudi & Eitzen/ Nortraship
Port of registry: Norway Oslo
Builder: Kockums Mekaniska Verkstads AB in Malmö, Sweden
Launched: 1940
Maiden voyage: With the Operation Performance, sailing from Gothenburg on 31 March 1942
Identification:
Fate: Sunk by the German submarine U-510 while sailing in Convoy TJ-1 off Paramaribo on 7/8 July 1943
General characteristics
Type: Tanker
Displacement: 10,200 DWT

MV B. P. Newton was a Norwegian tanker built in 1940, and sunk by German submarine off South America in July 1943.

Construction[edit]

The ship was built by Kockums Mekaniska Verkstads AB in Malmö in 1940.[1] She had a tonnage of 10,200 dwt.[2]

Second World War[edit]

The ship was among the Kvarstad vessels which were held in arrest in Gothenburg during the German occupation of Norway from 1940. The ship's maiden voyage was with Operation Performance starting on 31 March 1942. B. P. Newton was one of the two ships that managed to escape to Britain.[3][4]

In 1942 and 1943 the ship sailed on the Atlantic Ocean between Great Britain and America.[1]

Sinking, and fate of crew[edit]

B. P. Newton departed from Trinidad on 3 July 1943, sailing with the convoy TJ 1. During the night between 7 and 8 July the ship was hit by a torpedo from U-510. The ship, loaded with gasoline, was set in fire. 24 of the crew members were saved, while 23 perished.[5]

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ a b "M/T B. P. Newton". Warsailors.com. Retrieved 30 June 2012.
  2. ^ Hegland 1976: p. 420
  3. ^ Hegland 1976: pp. 68-75
  4. ^ Voksø, Per, ed. (1984). "Tragedie i Skagerrak". Krigens Dagbok (in Norwegian). Oslo: Det Beste. p. 227. ISBN 82-7010-166-4.
  5. ^ Hegland 1976: pp. 274-276

Bibliography[edit]

  • Hegland, Jon Rustung (1976). Krigsseilasen under den allierte offensiv 1942–1945. Nortraships flåte (in Norwegian). 2. Oslo: Dreyer. ISBN 82-09-01261-4.