The "DUNEDIN STAR" struck a submerged object, in 18 degrees 12 minutes South and 11 degrees 42 minutes East (a few miles off the coast of South West Africa). The ship was holed and taking water and it was estimated she would not remain afloat longer than 3 or 4 hours.
The Captain steered straight for the coast at full speed and about 45 minutes later, the speed having been reduced to slow, the ship grounded on a sandy bottom and amid the heavy surf (in 18 degrees 13 minutes South and 11 degrees 55 minutes East). The ship swung broadside to the shore and heeled over a little.
She was on her way to the Middle East, via Cape Town, from Liverpool. On board were 100 people, or so, of which 21 were passengers, and all got ashore eventually.
The ship was built by Cammell, Laird & Co., at Birkenhead, where she was completed in February 1936.
She was "wrecked" on November 29th, 1942.
She was in the Maltese Convoys in 1941-42 and was attacked by Torpedo-Bombers, etc.
Log Book May 1987.
South West Africa SG486 South Africa SG846
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