May 1945 events of the Battle of the Atlantic  
  Naval Action in the Atlantic Ocean  
  Monday, May 7, 1945  
  The Norwegian fleet minesweeper HNoMS NYMS-382 was torpedoed and sunk by the U-1023, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Heinrich-Andreas Schroeteler, off Lyme Bay in the English Channel. Of the ship’s complement, 22 died and 10 survivors were picked up by the HNoMS NYMS-379 and HNoMS NYMS-381 of the 3th Minesweeping Unit stationed in Cherbourg.  
   
  U-Boat Losses  
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  Attacks on Allied and Neutral Merchant Ships  
  Wednesday, May 2, 1945  
  The minesweeping trawler HMS Ebor Wyke (FY 1601), commanded by Chief Skipper H.A. was torpedoed and sunk by the U-979, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Johannes Meermeier, off Hrafneyri Light, seven miles north of Skagi, Iceland in the northern Atlantic Ocean. Of the ship’s complement, 23 died and 1 survived.  
   
  Saturday, May 5, 1945  
  The unescorted American steam merchant Black Point was torpedoed and sunk by the U-853, commanded by Oberleutnant zur See Helmut Frömsdorf, about five miles southeast of Point Judith, Rhode Island in the western Atlantic Ocean. Of the ship’s complement, 12 died and 34 survivors were picked up by the Yugoslavian steam merchant Karmen and the Norwegian steam merchant Scandanavia. The 5,353 ton Black Point was carrying coal and was heading for Weymouth, Massachusetts.  
   
  Monday, May 7, 1945  
  Sailing with Convoy EN-591, the Canadian steam merchant Avondale Park was torpedoed and sunk by the U-2336, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Emil Klusmeier, near May Island in the Firth of Forth in the North Sea. Of the ship’s complement, 2 died and 36 survivors were picked up by the convoy’s escorts. The 2,878 ton Avondale Park was carrying general cargo and was heading for Belfast, Ireland.  
   
  Sailing with Convoy EN-591, the Norwegian steam merchant Sneland I was torpedoed and sunk by the U-2336 near May Island. Of the ship’s complement, 7 died and 22 survivors were picked up by the ASW trawlers HMS Valse (T 151) and HMS Leicester City (FY 223). The 1,791 ton Sneland I was carrying coal and was heading for Belfast, Ireland.  
   
  The attack on Convoy EN-591 and the sinking of the Avondale Park and the Sneland I was the last attack carried out by a U-boat in World War 2.  
   
  Axis Merchant Shipping Losses  
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  Other Battle of the Atlantic Events  
  Monday, May 28, 1945  
  The Royal Navy announced the end of the convoy system for shipping operating in the Atlantic, Arctic, and Indian Oceans. All British and American merchant ships on the Atlantic, Arctic, and Indian oceans were now allowed to show their full navigation lights and no longer needed to darken their ships.  
     
   
     
   
 

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