American Steam merchant
|Completed||1919 - McDougall-Duluth Shipbuilding Co, Duluth MN|
|Owner||Stockard Steamship Co, New York|
|Date of attack||11 Mar 1942||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-158 (Erwin Rostin)|
|Position||34.36N, 76.18W - Grid DC 1136|
|Complement||28 (21 dead and 7 survivors).|
|Route||Cuba - Baltimore, Maryland|
|Cargo||3600 tons of manganese ore|
Completed in November 1919 as Lake Flattery for US Shipping Board (USSB). 1923 renamed Buenaventura for Panama Rail Road Co Inc, New York. 1940 renamed Caribsea for Stockard SS Co, New York.
|Notes on event|
At 07.58 hours on 11 Mar, 1942, the unescorted and unarmed Caribsea (Master Nicholas Manolis) was missed by one torpedo from U-158 about 14 miles east of the Cape Lookout Lighthouse. The torpedo missed, because Rostin thought the ship (misidentified as US Coast Guard vessel) lay dead in the water, but the master reduced the speed of the vessel to four or five knots, according the order he has received to pass Cape Hatteras in daylight. A second torpedo was fired, which struck the starboard bow at the #2 hatch, causing the boilers to explode. The Caribsea sank by the head due her cargo in less than three minutes. So no radio distress signals were sent and the crew of eight officers and 20 men had no chance to launch the lifeboats. The few survivors climbed onto two rafts that floated free and they later observed the U-boat passing within 100 yards. Two officers and five crewmen were picked up after ten hours by the Norlindo and taken to the Cape Henry Lighthouse.
|On board||We have details of 22 people who were on board.|
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