American Steam merchant
|Completed||1919 - New York Shipbuilding Corp, Camden NJ|
|Owner||Lykes Bros SS Co Inc, New Orleans LA|
|Date of attack||15 Jun 1942||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-502 (Jürgen von Rosenstiel)|
|Position||11° 51'N, 62° 56'W - Grid ED 9444|
|Complement||51 (5 dead and 46 survivors).|
|Route||New York - Trinidad - Capetown - Basra, Iraq|
|Cargo||10.500 tons of general cargo and war material, including tanks and aircraft|
|History||Completed in November 1919 |
|Notes on event|
At 01.00 hours on 15 June 1942 the unescorted Scottsburg (Master Gustaf Adolph Olofson) was hit by two torpedoes from U-502 about 90 miles west of Grenada while steaming on a nonevasive course at 7 knots. The first torpedo struck on the port side in the engine room and killed two crewmen on watch below and the second hit at the after end of the #2 hatch, destroyed steam pipes and both port lifeboats and blew cargo all over the deck. The most of the ten officers, 30 crewmen and eleven armed guards (the ship was armed with one 5in, four 20mm and two .30cal guns) on board abandoned ship in the two starboard lifeboats and one raft. The master and radio operator stayed behind as they tried to send distress signals and went down with the ship. A total of three officers and two crewmen were lost.
After 18 hours, the survivors were picked up by Kahuku, but six of them died when the ship was sunk by U-126 (Bauer) on 16 June. Some men were picked up by the U-boat and placed on rafts, but Able Seaman Archie Gibbs, a survivor from Scottsburg stayed aboard for four days, until he was placed on board the small Venezuelan vessel Minataora about 45 miles off Curaçao and landed there.
|On board||We have details of 14 people who were on board.|
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