American Steam merchant
|Completed||1918 - Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp, Sparrow´s Point MD|
|Owner||Ore Steamship Corp, New York|
|Date of attack||17 Jun 1942||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-701 (Horst Degen)|
|Position||36° 52'N, 75° 51'W - Grid CA 73|
|Complement||46 (3 dead and 43 survivors).|
|Route||Baltimore - Hampton Roads - Key West - Cristobal - Balboa, Panama|
|Cargo||11.095 tons of coal|
|Notes on event|
At 13.48 hours on 17 June 1942 the Santore (Master Eric Nyborg) struck a mine laid on 11 June by U-701 in the Chesapeake Bay. The ship was maneuvering into her position in convoy KS-511 when a explosion occured on the port side and extensively damaged the #1, #2 and #3 side tanks and the #1 and #2 holds. The vessel was quickly flooded, developed a list of 90° to port and sank rapidly. The eight officers, 29 crewmen and nine armed guards (the ship was armed with one 4in, two .50cal and two .30cal guns) abandoned ship on one raft and by jumping overboard because no lifeboats could be launched due to the sharp list. Three crewmen were lost. The survivors were picked up after 30 minutes by US Coast guard vessels and landed at Little Creek, Virginia.
The wreck of Santore was sold in August 1954 for scrapping.
|On board||We have details of 5 people who were on board.|
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