American Steam merchant
|Completed||1918 - Hanlon Dry Dock & Shipbuilding Co, Oakland CA|
|Owner||A.H. Bull & Co Inc, New York|
|Date of attack||6 Feb 1942||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-107 (Harald Gelhaus)|
|Position||- Grid DC 2134|
|Complement||35 (35 dead - no survivors)|
|Route||Fajardo, Puerto Rico (31 Jan) - Philadelphia|
|Cargo||4611 tons of sugar|
|Notes on event|
At 16.08 hours on 6 Feb 1942 the unescorted and unarmed Major Wheeler (Master Frank Walter Losey) was hit by one torpedo from U-107 amidships and sank by the stern within two minutes east of Cape Hatteras. The U-boat had spotted another freighter, but disengaged and followed the Major Wheeler. None of the eight officers and 27 crewmen survived.
|On board||We have details of 36 people who were on board.|
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