Ships hit by U-boats


Panamanian Steam merchant

Ramapo under her former name Baron Wemyss. Photo courtesy of

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,968 tons
Completed1924 - Dunlop, Bremner & Co Ltd, Port Glasgow 
OwnerWaterman Steamship Co, Mobile AL 
Date of attack16 Feb 1942Nationality:      Panamanian
FateSunk by U-108 (Klaus Scholtz)
Position35° 10'N, 65° 50'W - Grid CB 7858
Complement40 (40 dead - no survivors)
RouteLondon - Bermuda (12 Feb) - Philadelphia 
History Completed in June 1924 as British Baron Wemyss for H. Hogarth & Sons Ltd, Glasgow. 1937 sold to Italy and renamed Santarosa for Alberto Tomaso Rosasco, Genoa. On 25 Jul 1941, seized in Philadelphia by the US government and turned over to the US War Shipping Administration (WSA). On 19 September, the ship was renamed Ramapo and registered in Panama. On 28 October, she was assigned to Waterman SS Co under GAA agreement. 
Notes on event

At 15.56 hours on 16 February 1942 the unescorted Ramapo (Master Johan Magnus ├śrn Lorentzen) was hit on port side amidships by one G7e torpedo from U-108, broke in two after a boiler explosion and sank 11 minutes later about 180 miles north of Bermuda. The U-boat surfaced and questioned 34 men in lifeboats, but the survivors were never found. The master, 37 crew members and two gunners were lost.

On boardWe have details of 40 people who were on board

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