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    Posted: 26 Mar 2014 at 15:13
H.M.T East Point.


Nationality: British. Purpose:  Transport Type: Cargo ship. Propulsion: Steam

Date built: 1901. Builder: Joseph L. Thompson & Sons, Sunderland.

Owner: Furness Withy & Co. Ltd. (Neptune Steam Nav. Co., Norfolk & North American Steam Shipping Co., Hessler Shipping Co.), London.

Vessel Details

Weight (tons): 5234grt. Dimensions : 118.9 x 15.5 x 8.5 m

Engine: Steam triple expansion, single shaft Armament: Armed merchantship

Power: 463  n.h.p.          

Date of loss: 09/03/1917 Cause: Torpedoed by U-48

Other information,   

H.M.T. East point served during the Gallipoli Campaign and came under enemy fire on several occasions and was also involved in the evacuation of the Scottish Horse from the Suvla Sector.

The London Gazette (Dated 31/5/1916) contains two references to the award of the D.S.C. regarding an incident where the East Point was struck by Turkish artillery fire.

“Horace J. Young, Captain of H.M.T. "East Point." Performed good work off the peninsula, where his ship was set on fire by enemy shell fire, whilst unloading supplies.”

“Sub-Lieut. John Stewart, R.N.R., H.M. Tug "Flying Witch." When H.M. Transport "East Point," containing hay and forage, caught fire at Suvla, due to shell fire, this officer volunteered and offered his help; he worked for three hours under very trying conditions, and thereby greatly assisted in getting the fire under.”

It should be noted that the name of the Captain of the “East Point as shown in the London Gazette was incorrect his name was “Harold”.

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