Ships hit by U-boats

William Cullen Bryant

American Steam merchant

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NameWilliam Cullen Bryant
Type:Steam merchant (Liberty)
Tonnage7,176 tons
Completed1942 - Oregon Shipbuilding Co, Portland OR 
OwnerJames Griffiths & Sons Inc, Seattle WA 
Date of attack21 Jul 1942Nationality:      American
FateDamaged by U-84 (Horst Uphoff)
Position24° 08'N, 82° 23'W - Grid DM 1994
Complement54 (0 dead and 54 survivors).
RouteHilo, Hawaii - Panama - Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (17 Jul) - Philadelphia 
Cargo10.962 tons of raw sugar 
History Completed in May 1942 
Notes on event

At 09.07 and 09.08 hours on 21 July 1942, U-84 fired one torpedo each at a steamer and a tanker in convoy TAW-4J about 40 miles southwest of Key West and observed hits on both ships. However, only William Cullen Bryant (Master L.C. Perry) was hit by one torpedo on the starboard side in the #1 hold. The other torpedo was seen by lookouts to pass ahead seconds before the hit. The explosion opened a hole about 18 feet in diameter and buckled the plates beneath the midships house. The ten officers, 30 crewmen, twelve armed guards (the ship was armed with one 4in, one 3in, four .50cal and two .30cal guns) and two Navy signalmen abandoned ship, but reboarded the vessel after about two hours. The ship was taken in tow by the salvage tugs Moran and USS Willet (ARS 12) to the Northwest Anchorage and then to Key West, arriving on 23 July. On 29 July, the ship arrived in tow at Tampa and on 3 September in Jacksonville and continued to New York for repairs, arriving on 17 September. The Liberty ship returned to service on 19 March 1944.

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