Pq 17 - Ships Nostalgia

Welcome!Welcome to Ships Nostalgia, the world's greatest online community for people worldwide with an interest in ships and shipping. Whether you are crew, ex-crew, ship enthusiasts or cruisers, this is the forum for you. And what's more, it's completely FREE.

Click here to go to the forums home page and find out more.
Click here to join.
Log in
User Name Password

Pq 17

User Tag List

Thread Tools
Old 9th February 2019, 21:05
Missy88 Missy88 is offline  
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 4
Pq 17

So I've been trying to put together the story of my great uncle James mcdowall in ww2. I found a gap of nearly 12 months which I hadn't been able to get a single lead on. My sister put me in touch with his eldest son and he gave me a very important clue in that he done only one convoy to Murmansk and out of that convoy his ship was one of the very few to make it to port I would be pq17. This. being the case I have been able to narrow down the list of ships he could have been on, as he was employed by the American line as he had emigrated to the states and settled.

The ships I have narrowed it down to are
Benjamin Harrison
Samuel Chase
Silver Sword
Winston Salem

I know that he was never torpedoed as he was a chief engineer and would never have made it out of the engine room as he was carrying munitions and if they had been hit them the bottom of the ship would have dropped straight out according to stories passed down and also that he went grey within a month doing convoy which I would have presumed would have been in relation to the one Murmansk convoy he ran.

Is there any way of checking what ship he was on during this time. According to his eldest son he was part of the American Merchant Navy and wore their uniform and their income was American and not British as was previously thought. As he died in 1947 at the age of 39year's he wouldn't have been able to pass on his history of service as he was probably traumatised still by his experience as a lot of the merchant seaman probably would have been.

This gap in 1942 is the last piece of the puzzle I am after to be able to fully put together his story in ww2 for future generations of the family to remember him by

Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
The Destruction of Convoy PQ 17 NoR Books, Magazines, TV, Video & Publications 28 24th April 2010 15:16

Support SN

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.