Ships hit by U-boats


American Steam tanker

Photo courtesy of SSHSA Collection, University of Baltimore Library

Type:Steam tanker
Tonnage7,034 tons
Completed1913 - F. Schichau GmbH, Elbing, Danzig 
OwnerMarine Transport Lines Inc, New York 
Date of attack22 Mar 1942Nationality:      American
FateSunk by U-123 (Reinhard Hardegen)
Position37° 21'N, 61° 50'W - Grid CB 8314
Complement34 (34 dead - no survivors)
RouteCaripito, Venezuela (13 Mar) - Trinidad - Halifax 
Cargo67,265 barrels of heavy crude oil 
History Completed in May 1913 as German Triton for Deutsch-Amerikanische Petroleum GmbH, Hamburg. 1914 renamed Muskogee for Standard Oil Co of New Jersey, New York. 
Notes on event

At 17.56 hours on 22 March 1942 the unescorted and unarmed Muskogee (Master William W. Betts) was hit by one torpedo from U-123 in the engine room and sank by the stern within 16 minutes about 335 miles north-northeast of Bermuda. The ship had been missed by a first G7a torpedo from a stern tube at 17.06 hours. Ten survivors managed to climb on two rafts and were questioned by Hardegen and also photographed before the U-boat left the area. However, none of the seven officers and 27 crewmen survived.

On boardWe have details of 34 people who were on board

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