American Steam merchant
|Type:||Steam merchant (Liberty)|
|Completed||1942 - Oregon Shipbuilding Co, Portland OR|
|Owner||Lykes Bros SS Co Inc, New Orleans LA|
|Date of attack||28 Aug 1944||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-859 (Johann Jebsen)|
|Position||15.10N, 55.18E - Grid MQ 1891|
|Complement||68 (2 dead and 66 survivors).|
|Route||Philadelphia - Aden (26 Aug) - Ras at Tanura, Persian Gulf|
|Cargo||8200 tons of general cargo and 2000 tons of silver|
|History||Completed February 1942 |
|Notes on event|
At 22.00 hours on 28 Aug, 1944, the unescorted John Barry (Master Joseph Ellerwald) was torpedoed by U-859 about 125 miles off the coast of Saudi Arabia, while steaming a zigzag course at 12 knots. One torpedo struck on the starboard side between the #2 and #3 hatches and flooded the forward portion of the ship. The explosion tossed one lifeboat onto the after deck and blew another overboard, so the ten officers, 31 crewmen and 27 armed guards (the ship was armed with one 4in, one 3in and eight 20mm guns) abandoned ship in the other two lifeboats and launched three of four rafts. One boat capsized while being launched and spilled the occupants into the water, drowning the chief officer and one crewman. Some survivors rightened and bailed out the capsized lifeboat the next morning. At 22.30 hours, the U-boat fired a coup de grâce, which hit the engine room, causing the vessel to break in two and sink.
In 1994, the cargo of 26 million dollars in 1800 tons of silver bullion and 3 million of silver coins was salvaged.
|On board||We have details of 4 people who were on board.|
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