American Steam merchant
|Type:||Steam merchant (Liberty)|
|Completed||1942 - Oregon Shipbuilding Co, Portland OR|
|Owner||Waterman Steamship Co, Mobile AL|
|Date of attack||19 Apr 1943||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-108 (Ralf-Reimar Wolfram)|
|Position||50° 57'N, 40° 35'W - Grid BC 3223|
|Complement||62 (62 dead - no survivors)|
|Route||New York (12 Apr) - Loch Ewe - London|
|Cargo||8600 tons of general war supplies|
|History||Completed in February 1942 |
|Notes on event|
At 03.13 hours on 19 April 1943 the surfaced U-108 fired a spread of four torpedoes at a Liberty ship and heard two detonations. The U-boat had to dive because the ship fired with guns and fired at 04.43 hours a coup de grâce that missed, but a second coup de grâce at 05.59 hours hit in the stern. The vessel caught fire after ammunition exploded and sank rapidly by the stern about 550 miles south of Cape Farewell. This must have been the Robert Gray (Master Alfred Rasmussen Lyngby), which was reported missing after straggling from convoy HX-234 during the night of 13/14 April. All eight officers, 31 crewmen and 23 armed guards (the ship was armed with one 4in, one 3in and eight 20mm guns) were lost.
|On board||We have details of 57 people who were on board.|
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