American Motor tanker
|Completed||1930 - Sun Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co, Chester PA|
|Owner||Socony-Vacuum Oil Co Inc, New York|
|Date of attack||18 Nov 1942||Nationality: American|
|Fate||A total loss by U-43 (Hans-Joachim Schwantke)|
|Position||50° 45'N, 45° 53'W - Grid BC 2241|
|Complement||60 (0 dead and 60 survivors).|
|Route||New York (9 Nov) - Belfast|
|Cargo||90.704 barrels of fuel oil|
|History||Completed in November 1930 |
|Notes on event|
At 09.56 hours on 18 Nov 1942 U-43 fired a spread of four torpedoes at convoy SC-109 and observed two hits after 1 minute 44 seconds on an ammunition freighter, which exploded with a column of fire rising about 200 meters. The next shot missed a tanker and hit a ship beyond and the last hit and stopped the tanker. Schwantke claimed the sinking of two steamers of 5000 grt each and the tanker as damaged.
Only the hit on Brilliant (Master Soren Sorensen) in station #73 can be confirmed from Allied reports. The torpedo struck between the #5 tank and the pump room, opening a hole about 40 feet in diameter in the side, destroying three tanks and causing leaks in three other tanks on the port side. The cargo was set on fire and the whole ship abaft the bridge began to burn. The watch below immediately secured the engines and the master, three other officers, three crewmen and two armed guards lowered a boat intending to stay with the tanker. The rough seas and the headway caused this boat to swamp, tossing the men in the water. They were later picked up by the British rescue ship Bury. The surgeon on this ship denied the master´s request to return to his ship and took them to Glasgow.
On 18 Dec 1942 the Brilliant (Master Andrew Lagan) left St. Johns in convoy WB-17 for Sydney because the tanker could not be repaired and discharged in Newfoundland. Due to gale force winds and rough seas, the master turned back to the port of departue the next day.
|On board||We have details of 9 people who were on board.|
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