Ships hit by U-boats


American Steam tanker

Photo courtesy of SSHSA Collection, University of Baltimore Library

Type:Steam tanker
Tonnage5,287 tons
Completed1920 - Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp, Wilmington DE 
OwnerPetroleum Navigation Co, Houston TX 
Date of attack22 Feb 1942Nationality:      American
FateSunk by U-504 (Hans-Georg Friedrich Poske)
Position27° 05'N, 80° 05'W - Grid DB 9765
Complement34 (5 dead and 29 survivors).
RoutePaulsboro, New Jersey (16 Feb) - Port Arthur, Texas 
CargoWater ballast 
History Launched as Weweantic, completed in March 1920 as Liberty Minquas for US Shipping Board (USSB). 1923 renamed Republic for American Petroleum Co, Houston TX. 
Notes on event

At 04.55 hours on 22 February 1942 the unescorted and unarmed Republic (Master Alfred Hildebrand Anderson) was hit by two torpedoes from U-504 about 3.5 miles northeast of Jupiter Island Lighthouse, Florida. The torpedoes hit on the port side 35 to 50 feet from the stern. The explosions destroyed the engine room, killed one officer and two crewmen on watch below and sprayed oil from the bunkers over the entire ship. As the tanker developed a starboard list and settled by the stern the survivors among the seven officers and 22 crewmen on board abandoned ship in two lifeboats. Two crewmen drowned. One boat with the master and 21 survivors rowed to shore, where they were taken care by residents before they were taken to Palm Beach by trucks. Seven others in the second boat were picked up by the Cities Service Missouri and taken to Port Everglades. The badly damaged Republic was located the next day by the US Coast Guard, but she drifted on to reefs about five miles due east of Hobe Sound, Florida and sank on the afternoon of 23 February.

On boardWe have details of 6 people who were on board

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