Ships hit during WWI

USS Covington

NameUSS Covington
GRT16,339 tons (one of the largest ships hit)
Country  American
BuilderF. Schichau, Danzig
OperatorUS Navy
HistoryBuilt as Cincinnati for the Hamburg-Amerika Linie, Hamburg. She was interned in the US in 1914 when the war broke out and seized at Boston when the US entered the war in 1917.

U-boat attacks on Troopship Covington

DateU-boatLoss typePositionLocationRouteCargoCasualties
11 Jul 1918U 86 (Helmut Patzig)SunkTorpedoed about 100 miles W of Ushant in convoy
47° 31'N, 7° 09'W
France - U.S.A.


Convoy OR51 consisting of eight troopships escorted by the U.S. destroyers Porter, Reid, Little, Smith, Jarvis, Cummings and Conner sailed from Brest on the 1st. Later that day, Covington was hit in a torpedo attack by U 86, which was unsuccessfully attacked by Reid, Smith, Little and Porter. Smith rescued the survivors. Covington was taken in tow by the tugs Woonda, Revenger and Concord, escorted by Reid and later Wadsworth, Nicholson and Shaw. However, Covington sank during the afternoon.

Position of attack on Covington

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