Ships hit by U-boats

Cardinal Gibbons

American Steam merchant

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NameCardinal Gibbons
Type:Steam merchant (Liberty)
Tonnage7,191 tons
Completed1942 - Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyards Inc, Baltimore MD 
OwnerSword SS Line Inc, New York 
Date of attack28 May 1943Nationality:      American
FateDamaged by U-154 (Oskar-Heinz Kusch)
Position3° 56'S, 36° 43'W - Grid FB 9621
Complement70 (0 dead and 70 survivors).
RouteBahia - 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.

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