Ships hit by U-boats

Major Wheeler

American Steam merchant

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NameMajor Wheeler
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,431 tons
Completed1918 - Hanlon Dry Dock & Shipbuilding Co, Oakland CA 
OwnerA.H. Bull & Co Inc, New York 
Date of attack6 Feb 1942Nationality:      American
FateSunk by U-107 (Harald Gelhaus)
Position - Grid DC 2134
Complement35 (35 dead - no survivors)
RouteFajardo, Puerto Rico (31 Jan) - Philadelphia 
Cargo4611 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.

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