Panamanian Steam merchant
|Completed||1917 - Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co, Newport News VA|
|Owner||US Lines Inc, New York|
|Date of attack||10 Jul 1942||Nationality: Panamanian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-251 (Heinrich Timm)|
|Position||69.23N, 40.50E - Grid AC 9554|
|Complement||67 (0 dead and 67 survivors).|
|Route||New York - Reykjavik - Archangel|
|Cargo||Machinery, food, leather, ammunition and a deck cargo of tanks|
|History||Built as American El Capitan for Southern Pacific SS Line, purchased by the US Government on 26 Jun, 1941 and turned over to US Lines under a GAA agreement at New York. Changed registry to Panama on 1 Oct, 1941. |
|Notes on loss|
The El Capitan (Master John E. Therik) had been in convoy PQ-17 which was dispersed on Admiralty orders in the Barents Sea on 4 Jul, 1942. On 8 July, she picked up 19 survivors from the John Witherspoon, which had been sunk by U-255 (Reche) two days earlier. She reached Novaya Zemlya where she joined five other merchants and eight escort vessels from the convoy in the Matochkin Strait. Commodore Dowding assembled a small convoy out of them and then proceeded to Murmansk and Archangel.
The armed trawler tried to scuttle the wreck with gunfire after rescuing the crew but apparently she stayed afloat and was sunk by U-251 with a coup de grāce at 00.45 hours on 10 July.
|Crewlists||We have listing of 1 people who were on this vessel|
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