Ships hit by U-boats

City of New York

American Motor passenger ship

NameCity of New York
Type:Motor passenger ship
Tonnage8,272 tons
Completed1930 - Sun Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co, Chester PA 
OwnerAmerican-South African Line Inc, New York 
HomeportNew York 
Date of attack29 Mar 1942Nationality:      American
FateSunk by U-160 (Georg Lassen)
Position35° 16'N, 74° 25'W - Grid CA 8781
Complement133 (24 dead and 109 survivors).
RouteCapetown - Port of Spain, Trinidad - New York 
Cargo6612 tons of chrome ore, wood, wool, hides and asbestos 
History Completed in January 1930 and made her maiden voyage in February as the first ship of the American-South African Line. 
Notes on event

At 19.36 hours on 29 March 1942 the unescorted City of New York (Master George T. Sullivan) was hit by one G7a torpedo from U-160 about 40 miles east of Cape Hatteras, while she steamed in twenty-foot seas on a nonevasive course at 14 knots. The torpedo struck after a running time of just 29 seconds at the #3 hold just below the bridge on the port side at the waterline. The armed guards fired twelve shots with the 4in gun on the poop (the ship was also armed with four .50cal and four .30cal guns) at the periscope. The U-boat circled the stern at a distance of about 250 yards and fired off the starboard quarter a coup de grâce that struck the starboard side at #4 hold, causing the ship to sink stern first after 20 minutes. The most of the 13 officers, 70 crewmen and 41 passengers abandoned ship in four lifeboats, the nine armed guards jumped off the ship as water reached the after deck.

The next day, a PBY Catalina aircraft searched the area of the sinking but found no survivors. 36 hours after the attack, 70 survivors were picked up by USS Roper (DD 147), but one of them died on board and 29 others by USS Acushnet (AT 63) and were taken to the Naval Base in Norfolk, Virginia. On 11 April, an US Army bomber spotted the fourth boat at 38°40N/73°00W, it had contained 13 crew members, one armed guard and six passengers (four women, one man and a 3 year old girl), but five crew members, the armed guard, the man and two women died. The eleven survivors and two bodies (the mother of the child and the armed guard) were picked up by the US Coast Guard vessel USCGC CG-455 and were brought to Lewes, Delaware. In all, one armed guard, 16 crewmen and seven passengers died.

The next ship of master George T. Sullivan was the Daniel Morgan, which was dispersed from convoy PQ-17, bombed by German aircraft and sunk by U-88 (Bohmann) on 5 Jul 1942.

On boardWe have details of 19 people who were on board

Location of attack on City of New York.

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