American Steam merchant
|1921 - Los Angeles Shipbuilding & Drydock Corp, San Pedro CA
|American-Hawaiian SS Co, New York
|Date of attack
|22 Jul 1942
|Sunk by U-582 (Werner Schulte)
|8° 41'N, 22° 12'W - Grid ES 3488
|39 (0 dead and 39 survivors).
|Bombay - Capetown - Trinidad - Baltimore
|8350 tons of manganese ore and jute
|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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