American Steam merchant
|Completed||1920 - Federal Shipbuilding Co, Kearny NJ|
|Owner||Isthmian SS Co, New York|
|Date of attack||7 Mar 1942||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-129 (Asmus Nicolai Clausen)|
|Position||6° 45'N, 53° 15'W - Grid EO 6625|
|Complement||35 (34 dead and 1 survivor).|
|Route||Calcutta (18 Jan) - Table Bay - Trinidad - New Orleans|
|History||Completed in February 1920 |
|Notes on event|
At 03.20 hours on 7 March 1942 the unescorted and unarmed Steel Age (Master Ralph Jones) was hit on the starboard side by two G7a torpedoes from U-129 about 130 miles northeast of Paramaribo, Dutch Guiana. The first torpedo hit amidships and the second between the #4 and #5 hatches, causing the ship to sink by the bow within two minutes. Eight officers and 25 crew members were lost. The sole survivor, an able seaman, jumped on a nearby life raft and was picked up by the U-boat after 20 minutes. He was landed at Lorient on 5 April and taken to the POW camp Marlag und Milag Nord near Bremen.
|On board||We have details of 35 people who were on board.|
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