Lammot Du Pont
American Steam merchant
|Name||Lammot Du Pont|
|Completed||1914 - North of Ireland Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Londonderry|
|Owner||International Freighting Co Inc, New York|
|Date of attack||23 Apr 1942||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-125 (Ulrich Folkers)|
|Position||27° 10'N, 57° 10'W - Grid DD 9589|
|Complement||54 (17 dead and 37 survivors).|
|Route||Buenos Aires - New York|
|Cargo||6812 tons of linseed|
|History||Completed in May 1914 as San Franciso for Isthmian SS Co Ltd, London. In June 1918 chartered by the US Navy, commissioned as transport USS Saint Francis (ID 1557) and used between England and France. In April 1919 returned to the owner under her former name. 1933 sold to USA and renamed Lammot Du Pont. |
|Notes on event|
At 20.53 hours on 23 April 1942 the unescorted Lammot Du Pont (Master Robert Cameron Housten) was hit by one torpedo from U-125 when steaming on a nonevasive course at 9.5 knots about 500 miles southeast of Bermuda. The torpedo struck on the port side between the #4 hatch and the engine room. The explosion blew the booms at the #4 and #5 hatches onto the deck and threw a large column of water and linseed in the air. The ship rapidly listed to port and within five minutes rolled completely on her side. The nine officers, 36 crewmen and nine armed guards (the ship was armed with one 4in and two .30cal guns) began to abandon ship in one lifeboat and three rafts. Four men went down with the ship and two left on a broken raft. The other survivors tried to reach these men in the heavy seas, but they drifted away and were never found.
Eight crew members and seven armed guards on two rafts were picked up after two days by the Swedish motor merchant Astri and were transferred on 8 May to USS Omaha (CL 4), which brought them to Recife, Brazil on 11 May. The 31 crew members and two armed guards in the lifeboat drifted for 23 days before being rescued by USS Tarbell (DD 142), after being spotted by an aircraft about 40 miles from San Juan, but seven crew members and one armed guards already died of fever and three other crew members later died in a San Juan hospital.
|On board||We have details of 20 people who were on board.|
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