American Steam merchant
|Completed||1919 - J.F. Duthie & Co, Seattle WA|
|Owner||Seas Shipping Co Inc, New York|
|Date of attack||18 Jun 1942||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-124 (Johann Mohr)|
|Position||50° 24'N, 42° 37'W - Grid BC 3157|
|Complement||55 (4 dead and 51 survivors).|
|Route||Murmansk - Reykjavik (29 May) - New York|
|History||Built for the US Maritime Commission, Washington DC and later placed in the reserve fleet. |
|Notes on event|
At 06.21 and 06.22 hours on 18 June 1942, U-124 fired two spreads of two torpedoes at three ships in convoy ONS-102 in rough seas and observed two hits on the first ship and heard further detonations. Mohr claimed two ships sunk and another damaged, however the only ship hit was Seattle Spirit in station #112.
One torpedo struck the Seattle Spirit (Master Edward W. Myers) on the port side amidships in the engine room and quickly flooded the ship, causing a boiler explosion and killing one officer and two crewmen on watch below. The most of the nine officers, 28 crewmen, eleven armed guards (the ship was armed with one 4in, four .50cal and four .30cal guns) and seven passengers (Canadians) on board abandoned ship in three lifeboats. One sailor died of shock and exposure after jumping into the water.
The master Edward W. Myers already experienced another sinking when his previous ship, the Robin Moor had been sunk by U-69 (Metzler) on 21 May 1941.
|On board||We have details of 16 people who were on board.|
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