American Steam merchant
|Completed||1919 - Submarine Boat Corp, Newark NJ|
|Owner||Hedger SS Co, New York|
|Date of attack||8 Jun 1942||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-107 (Harald Gelhaus)|
|Position||20.00N, 84.48W - Grid DL 9635|
|Complement||33 (6 dead and 27 survivors).|
|Route||Georgetown, British Guiana - Kingston, Jamaica - Mobile|
|Cargo||4970 tons of bauxite ore|
|History||Ordered as Yukpa, laid down as Sterling Steel Bridge, completed in February 1920 as Suwied for US Shipping Board (USSB). |
|Notes on event|
At 01.19 hours on 8 Jun, 1942, the unescorted and unarmed Suwied (Master Bernard Roosevelt Davis) was hit by a G7a torpedo from U-107 while steaming on a non-evasive course at 9 knots about 140 miles southeast of Cozumel Island off the Yucatan Peninsular. The torpedo hit on the port side aft of the engine room, killed two men on watch below and caused the ship to sink within 3 minutes. So fast that no distress signal could be sent and the eight officers, 24 crewmen and one passenger had to abandon ship immediately in one lifeboat and a raft. Two officers and four crewmen were lost. The master, five officers, 20 crewmen and one passenger were picked up by USCGC Nemesis (WPC 111) after 19 hours in 20°05N/84°48W after being directed to them by an US Navy aircraft.
|On board||We have details of 6 people who were on board.|
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