Ships hit by U-boats

USS Hugh L. Scott (AP 43)

American Troop transport

USS Hugh L. Scott on 14 Sep, 1942. US Naval Historical Center Photograph #19-N-34581

NameUSS Hugh L. Scott (AP 43)
Type:Troop transport
Tonnage12,479 tons
Completed1921 - Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp, Sparrow┬┤s Point MD 
OwnerUnited States Navy 
Date of attack12 Nov 1942Nationality:      American
FateSunk by U-130 (Ernst Kals)
Position33° 40'N, 7° 35'W - Grid DJ 2524
Complement119 (59 dead and 60 survivors).
RouteHampton Roads (24 Oct) - Fedhala, Morocco (8 Nov) 
CargoWar material and troops 
History Laid down as steam passenger ship Jadwin, completed in January 1921 as Hawkeye State for US Shipping Board (USSB). 1923 renamed President Pierce for the Dollar SS Co, later transferred to the American President Lines Ltd, San Francisco CA. On 31 Jul 1941, chartered by the US Army as troop transport USAT Hugh L. Scott and made four Far East voyages. On 7 Sep 1942, the ship was commissioned in the US Navy as troop transport USS Hugh L. Scott (AP 43) after being converted by the Todd Shipbuilding & Drydock Co, Hoboken NJ. She received one battle star for her World War 2 service. 
Notes on event

USS Hugh L. Scott (AP 43) (Capt Harold J. Wright) was participating in Operation Torch, the invasion of North Africa, in the Task Group 34.9 (Center Attack Group, Western Naval Task Force) as part of convoy UGF-1.
At 18.28 hours on 12 Nov 1942, U-130 fired five torpedoes on three transports (USS Edward Rutledge (AP 52), USS Hugh L. Scott (AP 43) and USS Tasker H. Bliss (AP 42)) at anchor in the heavily guarded Fedhala Roads. All torpedoes hit their targets, causing the first and the second ship to sink quickly. USS Tasker H. Bliss burned until 02.30 hours the next morning and finally sank. U-130 reported her victims by their former civilian names.

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