American Steam merchant
|Completed||1913 - Wm Cramp & Sons Ship & Engine Building Co, Philadelphia PA|
|Owner||A.H. Bull & Co Inc, New York|
|Date of attack||7 Mar 1942||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-126 (Ernst Bauer)|
|Position||20.10N, 73.05W - Grid DN 8423|
|Complement||85 (26 dead and 59 survivors).|
|Route||Baltimore - San Juan, Puerto Rico|
|Cargo||4015 tons of general cargo|
Built as Santa Cruz, 1930 renamed Barbara
|Notes on event|
At 08.35 hours on 7 Mar, 1942, the unescorted and unarmed Barbara (Master Walter Gwynn Hudgins) was hit by a torpedo amidships on the port side, despite sailing an approved zigzagging course in moonlight. The torpedo penetrated the hull deep and exploded on the starboard side, causing a fire which damaged the engines, killed the watch below and reached mast high amidships. The fire prevented the survivors from launching any lifeboats, so they had to jump or climb into the water and swim to the life rafts. The ship burned for two and a half hours and sank stern first about nine miles north-northeast of Tortuga Island, Dominican Republic.
The master Walter Gwynn Hudgins later commanded the Elizabeth, which was sunk by U-103 (Winter) on 21 May 1942.
|On board||We have details of 23 people who were on board.|
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