American Steam merchant
|Completed||1920 - Merchant Shipbuilding Corp, Harriman PA|
|Owner||Waterman Steamship Co, Mobile AL|
|Date of attack||18 Nov 1942||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-522 (Herbert Schneider)|
|Position||54° 07'N, 38° 26'W - Grid AK 4874|
|Complement||52 (0 dead and 52 survivors).|
|Route||Reykjavik - Halifax - Boston|
|History||Completed in September 1920 for US Shipping Board (USSB).|
On 15 May and 13 June 1942, the Yaka (Master Oscar Pederson) was bombed and damaged by German aircraft while lying at anchor in Murmansk (arrived there in convoy PQ-14 on 15 April). On 6 July, she left in convoy QP-13 and went to New York for repairs, arriving on 27 July via Iceland and convoy ON-110.
|Notes on event|
At 06.03 and 06.04 hours on 18 Nov 1942, U-624 (Soden-Fraunhofen) fired torpedoes at convoy ONS-144 south-southeast of Cape Farewell and reported the sinking of two merchants and one corvette and another merchant damaged. In fact, the President Sergent (the ship of convoy commodore) and Parismina were sunk and the Yaka damaged, while HNoMS Montbretia (K 208) was missed by a torpedo.
The Yaka (Master Frank Lewis Murdock) in station #63 was struck by one torpedo on the starboard side between the #2 hold and the bridge. The explosion destroyed a lifeboat, caused the foremast and jumbo boom to fall onto the bridge and blew debris through the hull on the port side. The eight officers, 33 crewmen and eleven armed guards (the ship was armed with one 3in, four 20mm, two .50cal and two .30cal guns) abandoned ship in three lifeboats, were picked up by HMS Vervain (K 190) (Lt H.P. Crail, RNR) and landed at St. Johns.
|On board||We have details of 1 people who were on board.|
Attack entries for Yaka
|18 Nov 1942||U-624||Oblt. Ulrich Graf von Soden-Fraunhofen||Damaged||5,432|
|18 Nov 1942||U-522||Kptlt. Herbert Schneider||Sunk||5,432|
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