American Steam merchant
|Type:||Steam merchant (Liberty)|
|Completed||1942 - Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyards Inc, Baltimore MD|
|Owner||Sword SS Line Inc, New York|
|Date of attack||28 May 1943||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Damaged by U-154 (Oskar-Heinz Kusch)|
|Position||3° 56'S, 36° 43'W - Grid FB 9621|
|Complement||70 (0 dead and 70 survivors).|
|Route||Bahia - Trinidad - Georgetown, British Guiana|
|History||Completed in October 1942|
Broken up at Panama City in December 1970.
|Notes on event|
Between 04.43 and 04.46 hours on 28 May 1943, U-154 fired six torpedoes at convoy BT-14 about 125 miles east of Fortaleza, Brazil and reported one tanker damaged, one freighter sunk, one tanker probably sunk and two more freighters sunk. In fact each of the three ships Florida in station #53, Cardinal Gibbons in station #61 and John Worthington in station #42 were hit by one torpedo and all reached port safely, but the last ship was never repaired.
The Cardinal Gibbons (Master Donald Dinsmore Fitzpatrick) was struck on the starboard side abaft the stem and a hole was ripped in the forepeak tank containing fresh water. The eight officers, 35 crewmen and 27 armed guards (the ship was armed with one 5in and nine 20mm guns) remained on board and suffered no injuries. The vessel remained on course and arrived in Port of Spain, Trinidad on 5 June. After temporary repairs she continued to New York where she was repaired and returned to service in July 1943.
|On board||We have details of 1 people who were on board.|
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