Ships hit by U-boats


Panamanian Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,082 tons
Completed1901 - Söderhamns Mekaniska Verkstad, Söderhamn 
OwnerUnited Fruit SS Co, New York 
Date of attack13 Nov 1943Nationality:      Panamanian
FateSunk by U-516 (Hans-Rutger Tillessen)
Position11° 00'N, 75° 00'W - Grid EC 7792
Complement27 (23 dead and 4 survivors).
RouteCristobal - Barranquilla 
CargoGeneral cargo and a deck cargo of 10in steel pipes and steel reinforcing rods 
History On 27 Dec 1941, the Finnish Atlas was seized in Philadelphia by the US under an Executive Order and turned over to the US War Shipping Administration (WSA), which renamed her Atlas II and registered the ship in Panama. On 9 Feb 1942, she was renamed Pompoon and assigned to Alcoa SS Co under a Bareboat Charter, which operated the ship from 7 August to 5 Oct 1942 under a GAA agreement. After that she was taken over in New York by Bulk Carriers under GAA agreement and operated until 14 Dec 1942, when she was taken over by United Fruits SS Co also under GAA agreement. 
Notes on event

At 01.03 hours on 13 Nov 1943 the unescorted Pompoon (Master Edward Condell) was hit by one torpedo from U-516 about 75 miles north of Cartegnea, Colombia. The torpedo struck amidships on the port side and broke the ship in two. Both ends sank with the midship part sinking first on both ends. The 23 crew members and four armed guards on board had no time to launch a lifeboat. Five survivors managed to rescue themselves on a raft that had floated free, but one of them died the next day and was buried at sea. In the afternoon of 3 December, the four survivors (a messman and three armed guards) were picked up by a Panamanian ship in 09°45/76°45W and were taken to Cristobal where they were hospitalized in serious condition.

On boardWe have details of 25 people who were on board

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