Ships hit by U-boats

West Humhaw

American Steam merchant

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NameWest Humhaw
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,527 tons
Completed1918 - Skinner & Eddy Corp, Seattle WA 
OwnerAmerican-West African Line Inc, New York 
HomeportNew York 
Date of attack8 Nov 1942Nationality:      American
FateSunk by U-161 (Albrecht Achilles)
Position4° 19'N, 2° 44'W - Grid EV 7278
Complement59 (0 dead and 59 survivors).
RouteNew York (6 Sep) - Guantanamo - CuraƧao - Trinidad - Freetown (4 Nov) - Takoradi - Lagos 
Cargo2000 tons of lubricating oil and 3915 tons of general cargo, including cable drums and trucks as deck cargo 
History Completed in October 1918 for US Shipping Board (USSB) 
Notes on event

At 23.47 hours on 8 November 1942, U-161 fired four bow torpedoes at convoy ST-40 about 60 miles southwest of Takoradi and heard hits after 4 minutes 30 seconds and 4 minutes 55 seconds. The first torpedo sank the West Humhaw and the second damaged the Benalder.

The West Humhaw (Master Torlief Christian Selness) was struck on the starboard side at #3 hold by one torpedo which opened a hole of 25 by 15 feet in the side. The ship slowly settled by the bow and sank after about 30 minutes. As it became clear that the vessel was lost, the eight officers, 30 crewmen, 16 armed guards (the ship was armed with one 4in, four 20mm and two .30cal guns) and five passengers abandoned ship in four lifeboats. The survivors were picked up after 45 minutes by HMS ML-281 and landed at Takoradi.

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