American Steam tanker
|Completed||1919 - Sun Shipbuilding Co, Chester PA|
|Owner||Standard Oil Co of New Jersey, New York|
|Date of attack||7 Jul 1943||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Damaged by U-185 (August Maus)|
|Position||3° 51'S, 36° 22'W - Grid FB 9396|
|Complement||48 (0 dead and 48 survivors).|
|Route||Recife, Brazil (5 Jul) - Trinidad - Caripito, Venezuela|
|Cargo||24.000 barrels of water ballast|
|History||Completed in August 1919|
On 8 Jan 1945, the S.B. Hunt was acquired by the US Navy from the US War Shipping Administration (WSA) in Pearl Harbor as fuel storage ship USS Flambeau (IX 192) and served in Saipan until July 1945 and then in Iwo Jima.
|Notes on event|
At 08.29 hours on 7 July 1943, U-185 attacked convoy BT-18 about 125 miles east of Fortaleza, Brazil for the second time and reported hits on a tanker and an ammunition ship that were sinking slowly. The ships hit were S.B. Hunt and Thomas Sinnickson.
The S.B. Hunt (Master Henry S. Westmoreland) in station #51 was hit by one torpedo on the port side at the bulkhead between the pump room and #4 tank. The explosion opened a hole 45 feet by 35 feet in the side but the tanker was able to continue with convoy. None of the eight officers, 29 crewmen and eleven armed guards (the ship was armed with one 5in and two .50cal guns) reported injuries.
|On board||We have details of 5 people who were on board.|
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