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Name: BRITISH FREEDOM
Type: Tanker
Launched: 09/12/1927
Completed: 06/1928
Builder: Palmer's Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd
Yard: Hebburn
Yard Number: 968
Dimensions: 10440dwt, 6985grt, 4171nrt, 440.1 x 57.1 x 33.9ft
Engines: Oil engine, 2SCSA, Doxford type, 4cyl (22.75 x 91.25), 642nhp, 3210bhp
Engines by: Richardsons, Westgarth & Co Ltd, Hartlepool
Propulsion: 1 x Screw, 10.0knots
Construction: Steel
Reg Number: 160493
History:
06/1928 British Tanker Co Ltd, London
14/01/1945 Sunk
Comments: Chartered by the Admiralty as an escort tanker & armed
27/06/1942: Torpedoed off North Carolina. Limped into Newport News and repaired
14/01/1945: Convoy BX-141 (Boston-Halifax) arrived off Halifax Harbour
As convoy formed a single column for entry to the port, BRITISH FREEDOM was struck
A torpedo from U-Boat U1232 hit in the engine room & she sank by the stern
1 engineer was killed


Above photo courtesy of Kevin Blair

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