American Steam tanker
|Completed||1918 - Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp, Wilmington DE|
|Owner||Pennsylvania Shipping Co, Philadelphia PA|
|Date of attack||23 Mar 1942||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-124 (Johann Mohr)|
|Position||33.59N, 76.40W - Grid DC 1194|
|Complement||38 (24 dead and 14 survivors).|
|Route||Houston, Texas (16 Mar) - Seawarren, New Jersey|
|Cargo||72.000 barrels of kerosene and 25.000 barrels of heating oil|
Built as Charles M. Everest, 1933 renamed Naeco
|Notes on event|
At 10.23 hours on 23 Mar, 1942, the unescorted and unarmed Naeco (Master Emil H. Engelbrecht) was hit by the last torpedo from U-124 about 65 miles southeast of Cape Lookout, North Carolina. The U-boat attacked the tanker after abandoning an attack on a steam merchant and had missed with first torpedo fired one minute earlier. The torpedo struck on starboard side just aft of the mast and created a huge fireball. Fire engulfed the entire amidships superstructure and burning oil spurted out over the sea. The engines were secured and the surviving men among the eight officers and 30 crewmen on board prepared themselves to abandon ship, but two of the four lifeboats had been destroyed and a third swamped when it touched the water, because the ship had still headway. The tanker later broke in two, the stern section sinking at about 15.30 hours, while the bow section was scuttled by gunfire by USS Roper (DD 147) in the late afternoon.
|On board||We have details of 24 people who were on board.|
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