Ships hit by U-boats


American Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage7,493 tons
Completed1921 - Los Angeles Shipbuilding & Drydock Corp, San Pedro CA 
OwnerAmerican-Hawaiian SS Co, New York 
HomeportNew York 
Date of attack22 Jul 1942Nationality:      American
FateSunk by U-582 (Werner Schulte)
Position8° 41'N, 22° 12'W - Grid ES 3488
Complement39 (0 dead and 39 survivors).
RouteBombay - Capetown - Trinidad - Baltimore 
Cargo8350 tons of manganese ore and jute 
History Built as West Faralon 1928 renamed Golden Hind 1937 renamed Honolulan 
Notes on event

At 20.12 hours on 22 July 1942 the unescorted and unarmed Honolulan (Master Charles Nathaniel Bamforth) was torpedoed by U-582 about 400 miles south of the Cape Verde Islands while proceeding on a nonevasive course at 9.6 knots. One torpedo struck the starboard side at the #5 hatch, destroying a lifeboat, opening a huge hole in the hull and jamming the steam whistle.

Most of the eleven officers and 28 crewmen abandoned ship in three lifeboats. The master, the first mate and the radio operator stayed behind until a second torpedo struck at 20.40 hours between the #2 and #3 hatch, causing the ship to sink within minutes. These men jumped into the water and were picked up by one of the boats. Two hours later the ship sank with the whistle still blowing.

The survivors were questioned by the U-boat and given the course to the Cape Verde Islands and two boxes of cigarettes before leaving. All men were picked up by the British motor merchant Winchester Castle six days later and landed in New York on 7 August.

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