Ships hit by U-boats


Panamanian Steam tanker

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Type:Steam tanker
Tonnage5,335 tons
Completed1907 - J. Readhead & Sons, South Shields 
OwnerCia International de Vapores SA & Cia General de Vapores SA (S.S. Niarchos), Panama 
Date of attack22 Jan 1942Nationality:      Panamanian
FateSunk by U-66 (Richard Zapp)
Position34° 03'N, 75° 18'W - Grid DC 1295
Complement35 (35 dead - no survivors)
RouteCuraƧao (13 Jan) - Baltimore 
CargoCrude oil 
History Completed in November 1907 as British Harport (3986 grt) for J.& C.Harrison Ltd, London. 1912 sold to Germany and converted to a tanker for Deutsch-Amerikanische Petroleum GmbH, Hamburg. In August 1914 the ship was at Pisagua, Chile and shortly thereafter transferred to US flag under the name Dayton for Standard Oil Co of New Jersey, Bayonne. 1923 sold to J.M. Botts, New York. 1925 renamed Olympic for Olympic SS Co Inc, Seattle. 1940 sold to Petroleum Heat & Power Co, Los Angeles. 1941 registered in Panama for Cia International de Vapores SA & Cia General de Vapores SA (S.S. Niarchos), Panama. 
Notes on event

At 12.39 hours on 22 January 1942 U-66 fired two stern torpedoes at an unescorted steamer about 70 miles south of Cape Hatteras, which broke in two and sank within one minute after being hit twice on its starboard side. The vessel was probably Olympic, which was reported missing when she failed to arrive in Baltimore on 22 January 1942.

On boardWe have details of 30 people who were on board

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