Ships hit by U-boats

Cyrus H. McCormick

American Steam merchant

NameCyrus H. McCormick
Type:Steam merchant (Liberty)
Tonnage7,181 tons
Completed1942 - Permanente Metals Corp, Richmond CA 
OwnerAmerican President Lines Ltd, San Francisco CA 
HomeportSan Francisco 
Date of attack18 Apr 1945Nationality:      American
FateSunk by U-1107 (Fritz Parduhn)
Position47° 47'N, 6° 26'W - Grid BF 5151
Complement53 (6 dead and 47 survivors).
RouteNew York (2 Apr) - The Downs - Antwerp 
Cargo6384 tons of cranes, engineering equipment, locomotives and trucks 
History Completed October 1942 
Notes on event

At 10.15 hours on 18 April 1945, U-1107 attacked convoy HX-348 about 70 miles west of Brest and torpedoed two ships, the Cyrus H. McCormick and Empire Gold.

The Cyrus H. McCormick (Master Heinrich Herman Kronke) in station #101 was hit by one torpedo on the starboard side between the #1 and #2 holds. Both holds flooded rapidly, the ship settled by the head and sank in less than four minutes. The most of her crew of eight officers, 32 men, 12 armed guars (the ship was armed with one 3in and nine 20mm guns) and one US Army security officer abandoned ship on two of four rafts or jumped overboard. One officer, three men and two armed guards died. An hour later they were picked up by the British rescue ship Gothland and were taken to Gourock.

On boardWe have details of 8 people who were on board

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