American Steam tanker
|Completed||1921 - Sun Shipbuilding Co, Chester PA|
|Owner||Sun Oil Company, Philadelphia PA|
|Date of attack||22 Feb 1942||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-502 (Jürgen von Rosenstiel)|
|Position||12° 40'N, 74° 00'W - Grid EC 8279|
|Complement||36 (33 dead and 3 survivors).|
|Route||Aruba (20 Feb) - Panama Canal|
|Cargo||104.270 barrels of fuel oil|
|History||Completed in July 1921 |
|Notes on event|
At 01.59 hours on 22 Feb 1942 the unescorted and unarmed J.N. Pew (Master Thomas Edelen Bush) was hit by one of two torpedoes fired by U-502 about 225 miles west of Aruba, while steaming completely blacked out on a zigzagging course at 11 knots. The torpedo struck on the port side between the main mast and the midships pump room. The explosion sprayed oil over the entire length and set the midships house afire. The burning tanker was sunk by four coups de grâce fired at 02.35, 02.42, 02.54 and 03.04 hours.
|On board||We have details of 36 people who were on board.|
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