The Hoegh Silverdawn was on a voyage from Fremantle to Basra, having departed on June 10-1943, with 9000 tons general cargo, frozen meat and war materials, such as shells, tractors, guns and aviation fuel, when she was attacked without warning by the German auxiliary cruiser Michel on June 15, and sunk 25 40S 92E, southeast of the Coco Islands. There had been 58 people on board, 11 of whom were passengers. 27 were killed (6 passengers) and several injured. 6 of her complement appears to have been taken aboard the raider by von Schack with the motor torpedoboat Esau (they are said to have died when Michel was sunk on Oct. 17), while 3 others got away on a raft and were picked up on June 26 by the American M/S Franklyn P. Mull. 17 crew (including the captain, who at that time was Edgar Waaler) and the 5 surviving passengers got away in a damaged lifeboat, which in the course of 31 days covered 2865 miles, and landed on the coast of India.
Commemorate the Hoegh Silverdawn, and the Battle of the Atlantic.
About the Convoy Cup Foundation.
The Convoy Cup recognizes the historical contribution of the port of Halifax to the convoy lifeline to Europe during World War II, and perpetuates the memory of the courageous men and women of the merchant marine, navy and air force.
We continue to honour the sacrifices made by veterans of past and present conflicts, who contributed so much to the peace and security we enjoy today.