Ships hit by U-boats

Theodore Dwight Weld

American Steam merchant

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NameTheodore Dwight Weld
Type:Steam merchant (Liberty)
Tonnage7,176 tons
Completed1943 - California Shipbuilding Corp, Los Angeles CA 
OwnerSeas Shipping Co Inc, New York 
HomeportLos Angeles 
Date of attack20 Sep 1943Nationality:      American
FateSunk by U-238 (Horst Hepp)
Position57° 03'N, 28° 08'W - Grid AK 3939
Complement70 (33 dead and 37 survivors).
RouteManchester - Liverpool (15 Sep) - New York 
Cargo1200 tons of sand ballast 
Notes on event

At 09.32 hours on 20 Sep 1943, U-238 fired four torpedoes at convoy ON-202 about 500 miles southwest of Iceland and reported two hits on the ships in station #11 and #21. The Frederick Douglass in station #11 was damaged and the Theodore Dwight Weld in station #21 was sunk.

The Theodore Dwight Weld (Master Michael Fromanack) was hit on the port side in the settling tanks opposite the #3 hold. Only a few seconds later the boilers blew up and broke the ship in two just forward of the bridge. The stern sank almost immediately so that the master, seven officers, 34 crewmen and 28 armed guards (the ship was armed with one 3in and nine 20mm guns) on board had no time to launch any lifeboats or rafts. The most survivors were washed off the stern or jumped overboard from the bow and clung to three doughnut rafts that floated free until they were picked up by the British rescue ship Rathlin, one armed guard was taken off the bow section by its motor rescue boat. Two officers, 21 crewmen and 15 armed guards were rescued by the rescue ship and landed in Halifax on 28 September, but one crewman died onboard and was buried at sea.

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