American Steam merchant
|Completed||1920 - G.M. Standifer Construction Corp, Vancouver WA|
|Owner||Matson Navigation Co, San Francisco CA|
|Date of attack||8 Jul 1942||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-255 (Reinhart Reche)|
|Position||72° 10'N, 51° 00'E - Grid AT 4827|
|Complement||41 (7 dead and 34 survivors).|
|Route||Philadelphia - Archangel|
|Cargo||6000 tons of explosives, gasoline and trucks as deck cargo|
|History||Built as Bearport 1927 renamed Golden Mountain 1938 renamed Olopana |
|Notes on event|
At 01.00 hours on 8 July 1942 the Olopana (Master Mervin Clement Stone), dispersed from convoy PQ-17 since 4 July, was hit by one torpedo from U-255 about 10 miles west of Moller Bay, Novaya Zemlya. The torpedo struck on the port side in the engine room, the explosion blew in all bulkheads. The vessel settled immediately, but did not sink allowing the survivors among the eight officers, 28 crewmen and five armed guards (the ship was armed with five .30cal guns) to abandon ship on four rafts. One officer, two armed guards and four crewmen were lost, three of them on watch below.
|On board||We have details of 7 people who were on board.|
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