MV B. P. Newton (1940)
|Name:||B. P. Newton|
|Operator:||Tschudi & Eitzen/ Nortraship|
|Port of registry:||Oslo|
|Builder:||Kockums Mekaniska Verkstads AB in Malmö, Sweden|
|Maiden voyage:||With the Operation Performance, sailing from Gothenburg on 31 March 1942|
|Fate:||Sunk by the German submarine U-510 while sailing in Convoy TJ-1 off Paramaribo on 7/8 July 1943|
Second World War
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.
Sinking, and fate of crew
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.