Ships hit by U-boats

George G. Meade

American Steam merchant

George G. Meade under her later name Gannet

NameGeorge G. Meade
Type:Steam merchant (Liberty)
Tonnage7,176 tons
Completed1942 - California Shipbuilding Corp, Los Angeles CA 
OwnerWeyerhaeuser SS Co, Tacoma WA 
HomeportLos Angeles 
Date of attack9 Mar 1943Nationality:      American
FateDamaged by U-510 (Karl Neitzel)
Position7° 11'N, 52° 30'W - Grid EP 4168
Complement66 (0 dead and 66 survivors).
RouteBahia - Paramaribo 
CargoWater ballast 

Completed October 1942

1947 sold to France and renamed Rouen for Cie Generale Transatlantique. On 12 May 1952, the ship ran aground at Puerto Los Vilos, refloated and towed to Valparaiso. 1953 sold to Bahia Salinas Cia Nav, Panama and renamed Gannet under Liberian flag (Goulandris Bros, London). 1963 registered in Greece and 1969 scrapped in Taiwan.

Notes on event

At 03.06, 03.07 and 03.10 hours on 9 March 1943 U-510 fired torpedoes at convoy BT-6 about 200 miles northeast of Paramaribo, Dutch Guiana and reported four ships sunk. In fact, Kelvinbank was sunk and George G. Meade, Tabitha Brown and Joseph Rodman Drake were damaged.

The George G. Meade (Master Paul Belden Hyatt) in station #34, which was designated as rescue ship for this convoy, was hit by one torpedo and was slightly damaged. All eight officers, 33 men and 25 armed guards (the ship was armed with one 3in and five 20mm guns) on board survived. During the next two and one-half hours she picked up 32 survivors from the Kelvinbank. The Liberty ship was later towed to Paramaribo, arriving on 10 March. After some repairs she went to New York, arriving on 2 April, via Trinidad and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. After permanent repairs were made, she returned to service.

On 9 Jan 1943 the George G. Meade left Bombay for Capetown. On 9 February, she left for Bahia, arriving on 25 February. It was planned to load bauxite at Paramaribo.

On boardWe have details of 1 people who were on board

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