American Steam merchant
|Completed||1920 - Uraga Dry Dock Co Ltd, Uraga|
|Owner||Sword SS Line Inc, New York|
|Date of attack||4 May 1942||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-162 (Jürgen Wattenberg)|
|Position||7° 10'N, 57° 58'W - Grid EO 4391|
|Complement||29 (16 dead and 13 survivors).|
|Route||Trinidad - Georgetown, British Guiana|
|Cargo||1550 tons of general cargo|
Completed in August 1920
|Notes on event|
At 09.43 hours on 4 May 1942 the unescorted and unarmed Eastern Sword (Master Julius Niels Lars Jensen) was torpedoed by U-162 about twelve miles off the Georgetown Light. Two torpedoes struck in quick succession on the port side at the #4 hold aft of the midship house, causing the ship to settle rapidly by the stern. Two minutes later water reached the decks and she sank on an even keel with 15 feet of her mainmast above water. The explosion had destroyed the radio shack, preventing the sending of a distress message. Three officers and nine crewmen of seven officers and 22 men abandoned ship in one lifeboat and landed the next day at Georgetown. One crewman was picked up from a raft by the fishing boat Ocean Star on 6 May and landed in Georgetown.
|On board||We have details of 14 people who were on board.|
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