A North Atlantic convoy tracking chart for convoy ON273. 20th December to 1st January, 1944-1945 23 x 34-1/2 in. (58.4 x 97.6 cm.), framed.

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Lot 96
A North Atlantic convoy tracking chart for convoy ON273.
20th December to 1st January, 1944-1945
23 x 34-1/2 in. (58.4 x 97.6 cm.), framed.

Sold for US$ 2,750 inc. premium

World War II

5 Jun 2014, 10:00 EDT

New York

A North Atlantic convoy tracking chart for convoy ON273.
20th December to 1st January, 1944-1945
Pen and ink chart covering a large area of the North Atlantic from Newfoundland to Ireland and the West of England and down to the Azores, on thick paper, with pencil or graphite shading; dated December 1944. With detailed notations on locations of ships sunk, U-boat sightings, and other details. Also shows a sighting of Santa and reindeer, carrying a Christmas tree in mid Atlantic on Christmas Day. 23 x 34-1/2 in. (58.4 x 97.6 cm.), framed.

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    The War Museum

    A rare surviving example of a convoy map for ON273, the ON denoting a convoy going west across the Atlantic, set off on 20th December 1944 from a gathering point near Milford Haven in South Wales and then navigated a straight route to Nova Scotia, arriving on the 1st January, and from there headed on down to New York. ON273 had 67 vessels of which only 20 were British and a further dozen Dutch, Norwegian and Icelendic, with the remainder American vessels.

    As the U-boat war began to sway in the Allies favor, the convoys got larger. The scale and size of these convoys increased significantly throughout 1944 and 1945 as munitions and supplies were shipped in greater volume from the US, to support the invasion of Europe and the subsequent push onto Berlin. The size of the American marine contingent, shows the importance of America in supplying and prosecuting the Allied strategy in continental Europe.
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