USCGC Acacia (WAGL 200)
American Lighthouse Tender
|Name||USCGC Acacia (WAGL 200)|
|Completed||1920 - Fabricated Shipbuilding Corp and Coddington Engineering Co, Milwaukee WI|
|Owner||Unites States Coast Guard (USCG)|
|Date of attack||15 Mar 1942||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-161 (Albrecht Achilles)|
|Position||16° 17'N, 63° 44'W - Grid ED 2955|
|Complement||35 officers and men (0 dead and 35 survivors).|
|Route||Williamstad, Curaçao (13 Mar) - Antigua|
|History||Completed as minelayer USS General John P. Story of the Speedwell class for the US Army. 1922 handed over to the US Lighthouse Service, until 1924 converted to the buoy tender Acacia and since April 1927 based at San Juan, Puerto Rico. 1939 became part of the US Coast Guard as the lighthouse tender USCGC Acacia (WAGL 200). |
|Notes on event|
From 11.37 to 12.11 hours on 15 March 1942 the unescorted and unarmed USCGC Acacia (WAGL 200) (Chief Boatswain Ora C. Doyle) was shelled by U-161 with 68 rounds from the deck gun, 92 rounds from the 37mm and 70 rounds from the 20mm AA gun, caught fire and sank by the stern about 80 miles southwest of Saint Kitts and Nevis. The survivors were rescued after being located by PBY aircraft by USS Overton (DD 239) and landed at San Juan on 16 March.
This was the only US Lighthouse Service vessel lost during the war.
|On board||We have details of 1 people who were on board.|
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