American Steam merchant
|Type:||Steam merchant (C-2)|
|Completed||1943 - Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co, Kearny NJ|
|Owner||Grace Line Inc (W.R. Grace & Co), New York|
|Date of attack||24 Apr 1943||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-129 (Hans-Ludwig Witt)|
|Position||30° 42'N, 70° 58'W - Grid DC 5693|
|Complement||95 (0 dead and 95 survivors).|
|Route||Philadelphia (21 Apr) - Busreh, Iran|
|Cargo||6700 tons of lend-lease cargo, including tanks, steel, tires, gasoline, small arms and a deck cargo|
|History||Completed in February 1943 |
|Notes on event|
At 02.51 hours on 24 April 1943 the unescorted Santa Catalina (Master Olaf Berg) was hit on the starboard side by two stern torpedoes from U-129, while steaming on a zigzag course at 16.5 knots about 370 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The first torpedo struck at the #1 hold and the second nearly the same spot and blew holes in both sides of the ship. The explosions started a fire in the cargo of gasoline and the vessel soon listed 40° to starboard. The ten officers, 47 crewmen, 28 armed guards (the ship was armed with one 5in and nine 20mm guns) and ten passengers abandoned ship after 20 minutes in the two starboard lifeboats and four rafts. The ship sank by the bow ten minutes after being hit by a coup de grâce at 03.10 hours. The survivors were picked up after twelve hours by Venezia and taken to San Juan, Puerto Rico.
|On board||We have details of 4 people who were on board.|
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