Ships hit by U-boats

Ocean Seaman

British Steam merchant

Ocean Seaman under construction in Portland, ME. Photo courtesy of Don Simpson

NameOcean Seaman
Type:Steam merchant (Ocean (British Liberty))
Tonnage7,178 tons
Completed1942 - Todd-Bath Iron Shipbuilding Corp, Portland ME 
OwnerF.C. Strick & Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack15 Mar 1943Nationality:      British
FateA total loss by U-380 (Josef Röther)
Position36° 55'N, 1° 59'E - Grid CH 8374
Complement59 (0 dead and 59 survivors).
RoutePhilippeville - Algiers - Gibraltar - Liverpool 
History Completed in September 1942 for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) 
Notes on event

At 18.45 hours on 15 March 1943 the Ocean Seaman (Master Edward Bacon) in convoy ET-14 was torpedoed and badly damaged by U-380 about 60 miles west of Algiers. The ship was taken in tow by USS Paul Jones (DD 230) and beached the next day near Algiers, where she was declared a total loss. The master, 48 crew members and ten gunners were picked up by HMS MMS-133 (J 633) (T/Lt E.M. Mann, RNVR) and the British merchant Eildon and landed at Gibraltar and Oran.

On boardWe have details of 4 people who were on board

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