Date(s) - May 20, Thu
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The Black Hawk was a 7,191 ton US Liberty ship, built 1943 and powered by a single 3-cylinder triple expansion engine. She measured 441ft by 57ft and was armed with a 4 inch stern mounted deck gun.
On the 29th Dec 1944, she was bound from Cherbourg for Fowey in ballast, part of convoy TBC 21. Another ship, freighter Arthur Sewall is torpedoed and taken under tow for Weymouth. The Black Hawk herself is also hit by a torpedo. The blast wounds four of the ship´s 41-man merchant complement (one of whom dies later) but there are no casualties among the 27-man Armed Guard. However, as for the ship itself the blast causes the vessel to rupture and the stern third of the ship breaks off and sinks. Bizarrely though the remainder of the ship remains afloat and was towed to Warbarrow Bay and beached, the survivors being taken on board British corvette HMS Dahlia. Another Corvette in support, HCMS Calgary, depth charged the culprit U322 as it made its escape to the south.
The stern section today lies on its side in 48m and rises some 12m from the sea bed. The area around the wreck is strewn with many interesting items, making a fascinating dive. Distance from Weymouth 12 miles.