American Steam merchant
|Type:||Steam merchant (Liberty)|
|Completed||1943 - Permanente Metals Corp, Richmond, CA|
|Owner||American President Lines Ltd, San Francisco CA|
|Date of attack||29 Jun 1944||Nationality: American|
|Fate||A total loss by U-984 (Heinz Sieder)|
|Position||50° 07'N, 0° 47'W - Grid BF 3532|
|Complement||508 (76 dead and 432 survivors).|
|Route||Southampton (29 Jun) - Utah Beach, Normandy|
|Cargo||Troops with tanks, trucks, jeeps and other mechanized equipment|
|History||Completed in August 1943 |
|Notes on event|
At 15.28 hours on 29 June 1944, U-984 fired a spread of two LUT torpedoes at the convoy ECM-17 about 30 miles south of St. Catherine’s point on the Isle of Wight. The first struck the Edward M. House and the second the H.G. Blasdel. Six minutes later, the U-boat fired a single torpedo at one of the damaged ships and missed but struck the John A. Treutlen. At 15.43 hours, a Gnat was fired which struck the James A. Farrell.
The H.G. Blasdel (Master Roman J. Wank) in station #12 was struck by the torpedo on the port side at the #5 hold. The explosion extensively damaged the interior of the ship. The entire stern section sagged, leaving the after gun platform laying partially submerged. The hold and shaft alley immediately flooded and the engine room filled with water until the top of the cylinders lay submerged. Gasoline in the vehicles in #5 hold caught fire and firefighting parties from the crew extinguished it. The ship was anchored to keep her from drifting into a minefield and to await tugs. None of the eight officers, 36 crewmen and 28 armed guards (the ship was armed with two 3in and eight 20mm guns) were lost, but 76 of the 436 soldiers on board died and 180 others were injured.
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