British Steam merchant
|Type:||Steam merchant (Ocean (British Liberty))|
|Completed||1942 - Todd-Bath Iron Shipbuilding Corp, Portland ME|
|Owner||F.C. Strick & Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||15 Mar 1943||Nationality: British|
|Fate||A total loss by U-380 (Josef Röther)|
|Position||36° 55'N, 1° 59'E - Grid CH 8374|
|Complement||59 (0 dead and 59 survivors).|
|Route||Philippeville - Algiers - Gibraltar - Liverpool|
|History||Completed in September 1942 for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) |
|Notes on event|
At 18.45 hours on 15 March 1943 the Ocean Seaman (Master Edward Bacon) in convoy ET-14 was torpedoed and badly damaged by U-380 about 60 miles west of Algiers. The ship was taken in tow by the USS Paul Jones (DD 230) and beached the next day near Algiers, where she was declared a total loss. The master, 48 crew members and ten gunners were picked up by the British minesweeper HMS MMS-133 and the British merchant Eildon and landed at Gibraltar and Oran.
|On board||We have details of 4 people who were on board.|
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