Ships hit by U-boats


American Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage6,367 tons
Completed1919 - Skinner & Eddy Corp, Seattle WA 
OwnerMatson Navigation Co, San Francisco CA 
HomeportSan Francisco 
Date of attack8 Aug 1942Nationality:      American
FateSunk by U-379 (Paul-Hugo Kettner)
Position56° 30'N, 32° 14'W - Grid AK 2995
Complement50 (4 dead and 46 survivors).
RouteNew York - Wood Hole, Massachusetts - Halifax - Sydney (31 Jul) - Liverpool 
Cargo5560 tons of general cargo and steel 
History Built as Crisfield 1927 renamed Golden Horn 1938 renamed Kaimoku 
Notes on event

At 13.25 hours on 8 Aug 1942 the Kaimoku and Anneberg in station #73 and #64 of convoy SC-94 were torpedoed by U-379, which was herself lost after the attack.

The Kaimoku (Master Theodore Henry Cunningham) was hit by two torpedoes amidships. The first torpedo caused the ship to shudder and the second sent flames and oil over the mast, killing the second assistant engineer and a fireman on watch below and two armed guards. The vessel settled rapidly and sank within four minutes. The survivors among the eight officers, 28 crewmen and 14 armed guards (the ship was armed with one 4in, four .50cal and four .30cal guns) abandoned ship in one lifeboat and two rafts. They were picked up within 45 minutes by the Canadian corvette HMCS Battleford (K 165) and landed at Gourock.

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