Ships hit by U-boats


American Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of the Mariners Museum, Newport News VA

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage7,551 tons
Completed1920 - Pusey & Jones Co, Gloucester NJ 
OwnerWaterman Steamship Co, Mobile AL 
Date of attack1 Jul 1942Nationality:      American
FateSunk by U-126 (Ernst Bauer)
Position10° 54'N, 61° 02'W - Grid ED 9951
Complement56 (7 dead and 49 survivors).
RoutePhiladelphia - Trinidad - Table Bay - Bandar Shapur 
Cargo10.080 tons of general war supplies and fuel 
History Completed in June 1920 as John Jay for US Shipping Board (USSB). 1937 renamed Warrior for Waterman Steamship Co, Mobile AL. 
Notes on event

At 18.31 hours on 1 July 1942 the unescorted Warrior (Master William Raymond MacDonough) was hit on the port side by two torpedoes from U-126 about 125 miles east of Trinidad. The first hit abaft the bridge and the second struck in the #5 hatch, breaking the main shaft and killing three crewmen on watch below. The ship settled rapidly by the stern and sank within 5 minutes. Despite this, the four armed guards from the forward 3in gun fired four rounds but went down with the ship. The most of the eight officers, 34 crewmen and 14 armed guards (the ship was armed with one 4in, one 3in, four .50cal and two .30cal guns) on board abandoned ship in two lifeboats and were picked up after four hours by USS Herbert (DD 160) and taken to Trinidad.

On boardWe have details of 18 people who were on board

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