American Steam merchant
|Completed||1920 - G.M. Standifer Construction Corp, Vancouver WA|
|Owner||Isthmian SS Co, New York|
|Date of attack||28 Jun 1942||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-332 (Johannes Liebe)|
|Position||29° 30'N, 64° 30'W - Grid DD 4786|
|Complement||37 (19 dead and 18 survivors).|
|Route||Bombay, India - Trinidad - New York|
|Cargo||7500 tons of manganese ore, tobacco, licorice, wool and rugs|
|History||Built as Argus 1923 renamed Sidney M. Hauptmann for McCormick SS Co, San Francisco CA. 1940 transferred to Isthmian SS Co, New York and renamed Raphael Semmes. |
|Notes on event|
At 10.30 hours on 28 June 1942 the unescorted and unarmed Raphael Semmes (Master Harold Goron Eaton) was hit on the starboard side by two torpedoes from U-332 when steaming on a nonevasive course at 9 knots about 875 miles east of Cape Canaveral, Florida. The torpedoes struck at the #2 and #4 hatches and caused the ship to sink within two minutes. The nine officers, 26 crewmen and two passengers unsuccessfully tried to launch boats but had to jump overboard and swim away from the ship. 18 survivors clung to wreckage and eventually climbed onto two rafts, ten of them with the help of the U-boat that circled the wreck and picked them up. The Germans took care of their wounds and gave them tobacco, cigarettes, water and food before leaving the area.
|On board||We have details of 21 people who were on board.|
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