American Steam merchant
|Completed||1919 - Skinner & Eddy Corp, Seattle WA|
|Owner||Seas Shipping Co Inc, New York|
|Date of attack||16 Apr 1942||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-575 (Günther Heydemann)|
|Position||38.45N, 66.45W - Grid CB 4439|
|Complement||38 (14 dead and 24 survivors).|
|Route||Capetown - Trinidad - Boston, Massachusetts|
|Cargo||8725 tons of chrome ore, asbestos, concentrates and general cargo|
|History||Completed in December 1919 for US Shipping Board (USSB). |
|Notes on event|
At 03.38 hours on 16 Apr, 1942, the unescorted and unarmed Robin Hood (Master John A. O’Pray) was hit on the starboard side by two torpedoes from U-575 while steaming on a zigzag course at 11 knots in rough seas about 300 miles southeast of Nantucket Island, Massachusetts. The ship had been missed five hours earlier by a first torpedo. One torpedo struck amidships at the fireroom, killing one officer and two crewmen on watch below and caused a boiler explosion that lifted the deck up and folded it over. The next hit forward of the first and blew the hatch covers off the #1 and #2 holds and carried away the foremast. The vessel flooded rapidly, broke in two at #3 hatch and sank within seven minutes. The most of the nine officers and 29 crewmen aboard abandoned ship in one lifeboat, but other three officers and eight more crewmen were lost. The survivors were picked up on 23 April by USS Greer (DD 145) and landed at Hamilton, Bermuda.
|On board||We have details of 15 people who were on board.|
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