American Steam merchant
|Type:||Steam merchant (Liberty)|
|Completed||1942 - Oregon Shipbuilding Co, Portland OR|
|Owner||Moore-McCormack SS Co, New York|
|Date of attack||9 Mar 1943||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Damaged by U-510 (Karl Neitzel)|
|Position||07.40N, 52.07W - Grid EP 4128|
|Complement||66 (0 dead and 66 survivors).|
|Route||Port Elizabeth (3 Feb) - Bahia, Brazil - Paramaribo, Dutch Guiana - Trinidad|
Completed October 1942
In June 1961, the ship was scrapped at Mobile, Alabama.
|Notes on event|
Between 06.04 and 06.11 hours on 9 Mar, 1943, U-510 fired torpedoes during a second attack at the convoy BT-6 about 175 miles north of Cayenne, French Guiana and reported again four ships sunk. The convoy became unorganized after the first attack because all ships performed evasive maneuvers. In fact, the Mark Hanna and James Smith were damaged and the Thomas Ruffin and James K. Polk were damaged and later declared a total loss.
The Mark Hanna (Master Henry Hoeppner) in station #33 was struck by one torpedo on the port side at the #5 hold. The explosion opened a hole of 40 to 30 foot in the port and several smaller holes in the starboard side. Booms fell, the deck buckled, the hatch cover flew off, the rudder jammed and the shaft broke, but there were no casualties among the 41 crew members and 25 armed guards (the ship was armed with one 5in, five 20mm and two .30cal guns).
|On board||We have details of 1 people who were on board.|
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