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SS MALABAR 1

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Stuart Smith



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SS Malabar 1 was built in 1938 and was to have an active service life of around one year. On 17th October 1939 Convoy No HX5 left Halifax bound for the UK. There were 16 merchant ships escorted by the cruiser York and two Canadian destroyers. In the convoy was Brocklebanks Malabar 1 with Captain H H Armstrong in control. At 2.55am on the 29th Malabar was torpedoed amidships on the starboard side. The engine room was a tangled mass of wreckage when the order to abandon ship was given. Sixty seven men were in the lifeboats by 3.20am and they stayed close to the stricken ship. At about 2.00pm it was decided that some crew should re-board the ship to have a look around but the water level was rising and ominous sounds were coming from the midships section. Shortly after 2 o-clock Malabar turned slowly over to port and broke in two forward of the stokehold. The aft part sank first followed by the forward section. The men in the boats were picked up at 5.00pm and it was then realised that 3rd Engineer Mr. Adams and four lascars were missing.
The photo and information come from Brocklebanks 1770-1950 by John Gibson.
· Date: Sat, 19 February 05 · Views: 1,033
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