American Steam merchant
|Completed||1904 - Workman, Clark & Co Ltd, Belfast|
|Owner||United Fruit SS Co, New York|
|Date of attack||9 Apr 1942||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-123 (Reinhard Hardegen)|
|Position||30° 46'N, 81° 11'W - Grid DB 5663|
|Complement||40 (1 dead and 39 survivors).|
|Route||Puerto Cortes, Honduras - New York|
|Cargo||1450 tons of general cargo, including bananas and coffee|
|History||Completed in October 1904 for Tropical Fruit SS Co Ltd (United Fruit SS Co), Glasgow. 1914 transferred to US flag. |
|Notes on event|
At 07.16 hours on 9 April 1942 the unescorted and unarmed Esparta (Master Alfred L. Case) was hit by one G7e torpedo from U-123 about 14 miles south of Brunswick, Georgia. The torpedo struck the starboard side at the #4 hatch, blew off the #3 and #4 hatch covers, damaged both sides of the ship and released ammonia gas used in the refrigerating system of the ship. A small fire burned at the point of impact and the fumes forced several men to jump overboard, one of them drowned. The vessel quickly listed 15° to starboard and began to sink rapidly by the stern.
|On board||We have details of 2 people who were on board.|
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