Panamanian Steam tanker
|Completed||1916 - Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co, Newport News VA|
|Owner||Panama Transport Co (Standard Oil Co), Panama|
|Date of attack||21 Feb 1943||Nationality: Panamanian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-664 (Adolf Graef)|
|Position||50° 30'N, 24° 38'W - Grid BE 1171|
|Complement||73 (0 dead and 73 survivors).|
|Route||Liverpool (12 Feb) - Belfast (14 Feb) - USA|
|History||Built as American H.H. Rogers for Standard Oil of New Jersey, Wilmington|
1940 transferred to Panama Transport Co, Panama
|Notes on event|
At 21.35 hours on 21 Feb 1943, U-664 fired torpedoes at the convoy ONS-167 about 550 miles west of Fastnet, Ireland and reported three hits on a steamer and one on a tanker. The ships hit were Rosario in station #11 and H.H. Rogers in station #13.
The H.H. Rogers (Master Clinton W. Hayes) was struck by one torpedo on the port side around #10 main tank rupturing the tank, the decks in the vicinity and the fireroom bulkhead. This resulted in the engine and fire rooms flooding. After 30 minutes, the officers decided that the ship could not be saved and the order to abandon ship was given. All 47 American crew members and 26 armed guards abandoned ship in three lifeboats (one lifeboat had been destroyed in the explosion) and all rafts. One of the lifeboats picked up several survivors from the Rosario, which had been in the water for about one hour.
|On board||We have details of 5 people who were on board.|
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