Ships hit by U-boats

Paul H. Harwood

American Steam tanker

NamePaul H. Harwood
Type:Steam tanker
Tonnage6,610 tons
Completed1918 - Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp, San Francisco CA 
OwnerStandard Oil Co of New Jersey, New York 
Date of attack7 Jul 1942Nationality:      American
FateDamaged by U-67 (Günther Müller-Stöckheim)
Position29° 26'N, 88° 38'W - Grid DA 6997
Complement56 (0 dead and 56 survivors).
RouteNew York (24 Jun) - Key West, Florida - Port Arthur, Texas 
CargoWater ballast in tanks #2, #5 and #7 
Notes on event

Between 10.16 and 10.17 hours on 7 July 1942, U-67 fired four torpedoes at three ships about 40 miles southwest of Southwest Pass, reported one hit and assumed that one tanker sank at 10.45 hours. The Paul H. Harwood (Master George Rasmussen) was hit by one torpedo while steaming at 12 knots in a small convoy of four ships being escorted by one destroyer. The torpedo struck on the port side abaft amidships at the #6 tank and blew a hole 15 feet by 12 feet into the hull, causing the flooding of tanks #5, #6 and #7. The tanker was stabilized by counterflooding the forward tanks and continued on her course at 10 knots into Southwest Pass to Burwood, Louisiana. She anchored at Pilottown and then proceeded to New Orleans. None of the eight officers, 32 crewmen and 16 armed guards (the ship was armed with one 4in, one 3in and four 20mm guns) reported an injury. The tanker arrived for permanent repairs at Galveston, Texas on 16 July and returned to service on 28 September.

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