City of Alma
American Steam merchant
|Name||City of Alma|
|Completed||1920 - Merchant Shipbuilding Corp, Harriman PA|
|Owner||Waterman Steamship Co, Mobile AL|
|Date of attack||3 Jun 1942||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-172 (Carl Emmermann)|
|Position||23.00N, 62.30W - Grid DO 6724|
|Complement||39 (29 dead and 10 survivors).|
|Route||Bombay (10 Apr) - Capetown - Port of Spain, Trinidad (30 May) - Baltimore|
|Cargo||7400 tons of manganese ore|
|History||Completed in February 1920 |
|Notes on event|
At 04.10 hours on 3 Jun, 1942, the unescorted and unarmed City of Alma (Master James Joshua Baker) was torpedoed by U-172 about 400 miles northeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico, while proceeding along a nonevasive course in moderate seas at 9.5 knots. One torpedo struck between the #3 hatch and the fireroom. The explosion blew the hatches off the #3 port hatch and ripped a hole about 40 feet long in the side. She sank within three minutes, so quickly that the radio operator did not send a message and died on board. Of the eight officers, 28 crewmen and three Navy signal men on board, 29 men died, including the master, the second mate, the three signal men, the chief engineer and his three assistants. Only two officers and eight men survived on a lifeboat that had floated free of the ship and were picked up by the American patrol boat USS YP-67 and taken to San Juan four days later.
|On board||We have details of 26 people who were on board.|
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