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Ahoy,
Looking for any info/details/photo of the Ashanti,that sunk in WW II.
The sinking took place on 10th June 1944 off the Isle Of Wight when the Ashanti was torpedoed by a German E-Boat, the vessel, a 534 tons coaster, was engaged in supporting the D-Day landings at the time.
Any help will be much appreciated, and most welcome, thanks in advance.
 

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Ahoy Ruud,

Not much more I can add.
Evans, T.E., & Co LTD. LONDON.

MV Ashanti Built 1936, 500 tons. Engine Aft. Hull: light grey.

Rgds
 

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Ahoy,

Found this on her:just a piccie fails

ASHANTI – 1937
Code letters: MLLB Official Number: 164622
Rigging: single screw motor vessel; 1 deck; 3 cemented bulkheads; cruiser stern;
machinery aft; cellular double bottom 114 feet, 180 tons; Forward Peak Tank 54 tons;
Aft Peak Tank 41 tons
Tonnage: 534 tons gross, 333 under deck and 274 net
Dimensions: 183.6 feet long, 27.1 foot beam and holds 8 feet deep; Poop 42 feet;
Quarter Deck 100 feet; Forecastle 18 feet
Construction: 1936, Goole Ship Building & Repairing Co. Ltd. In Goole
Propulsion: 4-stroke, single acting oil engine with 7 cylinders of 11 inches diameter each;
stroke 17 11/16 inches; 82 nominal horsepower; engine by
Humboldt Deutzmotoren A.G. in Koln-Deutz
Owners: T.E. Evans & Co. Ltd.
Port of registry: London
 

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Ahoy Malcolm,

Yeah, still looking for that piccie, it won't getting me off,after I received this email via-via-via.:

Dear Sirs

I am emailing you as a last resort to try to obtain a photograph of the above vessel. My aged cousin in the Shetland Islands was the wife of the master, killed in the attack and he was apparently the youngest captain in the British Merchant Marine at the time, he was aged twenty- four. She would dearly love to obtain this if possible. The sinking took place on 10th June 1944 off the Isle Of Wight when the Ashanti was torpedoed by a German E-Boat, the vessel, a 534 tons coaster, was engaged in supporting the D-Day landings at the time. My email address is **************and the home address is ************ I have been trying for a long time to obtain a photograph for my cousin and would really appreciate any help you can provide, I am naturally ready to pay any expenses involved.
With Thanks from John S Stewart
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Many thanks for your email with the the good news, it is definitely the right ship, my sincere thanks to you and your Dutch friends, all we need now is the photograph. I have emailed my cousin Irene in Shetland, she will be thrilled about it, she has waited sixty-two years to receive this information. It is fortunate that we met via the Internet

Note:I was already glad to find some details,there must be somewhere a piccie!!!!!
 

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What a site that is Ruud, lots of old Everard ships on there too.
many thanks for that one
 

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Congratulations on finding "Ashanti". Ruud. Also, Thank you for all the help and time you give to help us when we need it. (Applause) (Applause)
All the best. Barney. Well done.
 

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I have a friend Fred Priest who served on the Tribal class destroyer HMS Ashanti in WW2, and who took part in fleet escort and convoy escort duties in the North Atlantic and Arctic in 1940/41 including convoy PQ18 to Murmansk, and Operation Pedestal, the convoy from the UK to Malta to try and get supplies through to the defenders. Fred's memory is not too good now, and I'm trying to put together the story of the ship during Fred's time for him, his friends, and his family. I've located one old ship-mate, and found out that Terence Lewin, the Gunnery Officer on Ashanti on the Malta run, was later the Skipper of HMS Brittania, and became Lord Lewin, First Sea Lord, and mastermind of the Fauklands Operation. I have been trying to find out who captained the Ashanti in th '40s but without success, and would appreciate any help that be able to offer.
Thanks,
Colin Clews
 

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Ashanti (HMS)

Colin,

Captains of HMS Ashanti (as per Brice "The Tribals") were:
Cdr WG Davis 29.11.38-9.11.40
Cdr RG Onslow 1.6.41-12.12.42
Lt Cdr JR Barnes 13.12.42-18.8.44
Lt Cdr CR Purse 19.8.44-24.6.45
 

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I have the crew list for Ashanti. She was attacked by e-boats from the 2nd Flotilla (Korvettenkapitan Hermann Opdenhoff).The wreck was located during a survey a few years ago south of St Catherine's Point. I also have a report of the sinking of the Ashanti, as witnessed by the 2 survivors from the Dungrange, which was sunk soon after Ashanti. It's included in the survivor's report for the loss of the Dungrange but it does mention Ashanti falling astern of the convoy, an explosion followed by the ship being on fire.

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Thanks you so much Graham My friend Danny will be so thrilled with these. He celebrated his 87th birthday iin July and is busy writing to Prime Minister, Foriegn office etc. in an effort to get the Uksakov medals awarded to the crew of this ship sanctiooned by our govern,ent so that they can get them. All other countries have allowed them to be sent but not ours.
 
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