Ships hit by U-boats

James Sprunt

American Steam merchant

NameJames Sprunt
Type:Steam merchant (Liberty)
Tonnage7,177 tons
Completed1943 - North Carolina Shipbuilding Co, Wilmington NC 
OwnerBlack Diamond SS Co, New York 
Date of attack10 Mar 1943Nationality:      American
FateSunk by U-185 (August Maus)
Position19° 49'N, 74° 38'W - Grid DN 7643
Complement69 (69 dead - no survivors)
RouteCharleston, South Carolina - Key West - Panama Canal - Karachi, India 
Cargo4000 tons of explosives 
History Completed February 1943 
Notes on event

At 09.09 hours on 10 March 1943, U-185 attacked convoy KG-123 for a second time southeast of Guantanamo Bay and torpedoed the James Sprunt (Master Elie Constantine Carr) on her maiden voyage in station #42. The ship had shifted out of position between the third and fourth columns. One torpedo struck the vessel and caused her cargo to explode, the ship completely disappeared in 30 seconds. The blast went straight up and sent debris over the entire convoy and was so large that a ship 40 miles away witnessed it. None of the eight officers, 36 crewmen and 25 armed guards (the ship was armed with one 5in and nine 20mm guns) survived.

On boardWe have details of 68 people who were on board

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