American Motor merchant
|Completed||1937 - Great Lakes Engineering Works, River Rouge MI|
|Owner||Ford Navigation Co, Detroit MI|
|Date of attack||6 May 1942||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-125 (Ulrich Folkers)|
|Position||18° 25'N, 81° 30'W - Grid DM 8779|
|Complement||22 (0 dead and 22 survivors).|
|Route||Mobile - New Orleans - Aruba|
|Cargo||2704 tons of general cargo|
|History||Completed in June 1937 |
|Notes on event|
At 14.30 hours on 6 May 1942 the unescorted and unarmed Green Island (Master Josef Anderson) was hit by one torpedo from U-125 about 80 miles southwest of Grand Cayman Island, while steaming on a nonevasive course at 7.7 knots. The torpedo struck at the #2 bulkhead between the #4 and #5 hatches about six feet below the waterline. The explosion nearly broke the ship in half and knocked out the radio, preventing the radio operator to send a distress signal. The crew of eight officers and 14 men abandoned ship in two lifeboats. After five hours, five crew members reboarded the vessel to inspect the damage and concluded she could not be saved. The Green Island sank almost six hours later. The next day, all hands were picked up by the Fort Qu´Appelle and landed at Kingston, Jamaica on 9 May.
|On board||We have details of 1 people who were on board.|
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